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Noun1.Ningishzida - an underworld Babylonian deity; patron of medicine
Babylon - the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
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The hero of the novel can be readily regarded as a modern descendant of a long line of fictional and mythological or real characters like Frankenstein, Faust, Prospero, Konrad Dippel, Paracelsus, Hermes Trismegistus / Mercurius Termaximus / Thoth / Ningishzida, etc.
With his father, Ningishzida, he became a gatekeeper at the palace of Anu, the god of heaven.