, the Sumerian
god of sky. E-kur is Sumerian
for 'Mountain House'. In Nippur
, located at the northern edge of Sumer
Temples were built for the gods. They contained altar
s for animal sacrifices
, and had a full temple staff of priest
s and other associated personnel. Temples were an economic entity, they owned land, livestock, recieved funding from the king, and employed workers.