Real Name: Gushkin (his Sumerian name; Kinyras is the name for which he was called on Cyprus)

Occupation: God of metal, smelting and architecture, patron god of architects

Legal Status: Citizen of Celestial Dilmun

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Kinyras except as a mythological deity.

Other Aliases: Ningal/Nin-Agal (his Assyrian name), Kothar, Chusor, Hasemmeli

Place of Birth: Unrevealed, possibly Erech (Uruk), Sumeria (now part of modern Iraq)

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: Anu (father), Mami (mother), Asherah (step-mother), Nergal, Gibil (brothers), Ningal, Zarpandit (sisters), Enlil, Hadad, Ninurta, Martu (half-brothers), Inanna (half-sister), Shamash, Nanna, Telepinu (nephews), Ninkasi, Zintuki (nieces),

Group AffiliationsThe Gods of Mesopotamia

Base of Operations: Celestial Dilmun

First Appearance: (name only) Dr. Strange II #37

History: Kinyras is a member of a race of extra-dimensional beings known as the Anunnaki who were worshipped as gods by the ancient Sumerian Empire and much of the region through the Middle East. Known by numerous names by his worshippers, Kinyras was known for teaching mortal man how to build and create cities. He may have usurped the identity of an earlier entity known as Kothar, who created the weapons of the earlier race of beings from whom the Anunnaki are descended. A beneficent god, he may have been responsible for introducing metallurgy to ancient man, possibly giving rise to the Iron Age. Anath, the war-goddess, called upon him to build a temple to Baal upon Mount Saphon. He was more known for architecture than he was for creating weapons.

Eventually, worship of the Anunnaki passed through the Sumerian and Babylonian Empires and eventually began to wane in favor of other gods. As the Mesopotamian gods grew tired of being deities, they departed Earth for the extra-dimensional realm of Celestial Dilmun created by Anu, since overthrown on Earth as ruler of the Mesopotamian gods. Those gods loyal to Anu became known as the Igigi, or "heavenly ones," while the Anunnaki native to the other-dimensional realm of Kurnugi remained bound to Earth. It is believed that a few of the Anunnaki have degenerated into demons. Several demonic entities claiming to be the former Mesopotamian gods have turned up in later years, but it is unrevealed if these beings are the former gods or demons usurping their identities.

One of these such beings, a demon calling itself Ningal rose to seek vengeance on Murdoch Adams on behalf of his brother, Ludi. The repercussions resulted in the two of them becoming trapped in a cave in France. The fact that this being has a brother not recognized by the Mesopotamians would suggest that this entity is not the true Kinyras, but an imposter or merely a demon with the same name.  

The modern day activities of Kinyras are as yet unrevealed.

Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 610 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Kinyras possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 75 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Kinyras possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Anunnaki or Mesopotamian gods. Like all of the Anunnaki, he is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian gods. He has aged at am exceptionally slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Anu, Ea or Enlil or for a number of Mesopotamian gods of equal power working together to revive him. Kinyras also possesses superhuman strength and his Anunnaki metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Anunnaki flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Mesopotamian gods.) 

Kinyras has slightly greater strength, stamina, endurance and resilience to injury that the majority of the Mesopotamian gods. He may have some minor mystical skills to an unknown degree.

Abilities: Kinyras has extensive creative mastery and ability to create structures from whatever building materials available to him. He may have some ability in armed or unarmed combat.

Comments: Kinyras has not yet appeared in the Marvel or DC Universe. In the DC Universe, the Anunnaki were sometimes impersonated by members of an extra-terrestrial race of beings known as the Oans.

Several of the mystical and cosmic beings of the Marvel Universe have oft times been purposely named after mythological beings, usually using a mythological resource as a lazy venue for naming their characters. Whether the writers have purposely intended these beings to be the gods or deities they are named after is undetermined, but until then, this profile will treat them as separate beings, especially where the traits of the deity conflict with the traits of the namesake. 

Clarifications: Kinyras is possibly not to be confused with:  

Last updated: 06/08/08


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