Dumuzi is a gatekeeper the Underworld in the Sumerian Pantheon. No living mortal had ever laid eyes on him. After Gilgamesh destroyed the Chalice of the Gods, Dumuzi was forced to find a new source of nourishment: human souls. With the power to stop souls from crossing over to the underworld, he amassed a collection that sustained him and maintained control of his mortal victims' drained bodies from afar.
Dumuzi encountered Hercules in the hero's quest to reclaim the soul of Iolaus. He held Hercules responsible for the death of the other Sumerian gods and believed that the demigod savior allowed his own friend to be sacrificed in his name. An enraged battle between the two ensued, in which Dumuzi claimed Hercules' soul could feed a world of gods and would sustain him for an eternity. However, with his defeat, the weakened god revealed that his friend crossed over before he began collecting souls and was lost to him forever. The resultant scream of Hercules freed the captive spirits, Dumuzi's only sustenance.
Powers and Abilities
Dumuzi possess the Powers and Abilities of the Sumerian gods at unknown levels, but his immortality and life depends on consuming a special drink from the chalice of gods, unlike the Olympians whose immortality does not depend on nothing in particular.
Dumuzi is not a god who governs the underworld like Hades, he is like a guardian, when Hercules asked for Iolaus soul, Dumuzi answered his soul already crossed to the underworld, Dumuzi as a god does not have access to retrieve Iolaus soul.
- Dumuzi is a Sumerian divinity who is known primarily as the lover of the goddess Inanna. The Babylonians referred to them as Tammuz and Ishtar, the Phoenicians as Adon and Astarte, and the Greeks as Adonis and Aphrodite.
- Dumuzi was in some ways the Near Eastern counterpart of Persephone, as he died seasonally and was only able to spend half the year with Inanna, who had to share him with her sister Ereshkigal, the goddess of the underworld.