Sumerian mythology: a type of utukku (a spirit or demon) similar in nature to the preta of Vedic religion or the kiangshi of Chinese mythology. They were envisioned as the ghosts of those who were not buried properly and considered to be vengeful toward the living and might possess people if they did not respect certain taboos, such as the prohibition against eating ox meat. They were thought to cause disease and inspire criminal behaviour in the living, but could sometimes be appeased by funeral repasts or libations. The edimmu were also thought to be completely or nearly incorporeal, i.e. “wind” spirits that sucked the life out of the susceptible and the sleeping (most commonly the young).
1. an unsuitable marriage.
2. a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.
Etymology: French més- (“bad”) + alliance (“alliance”).
Blood stains are seen on snow at the site of a plane crash outside Almaty January 29, 2013. The passenger plane crashed in thick fog near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty on Tuesday and broke into pieces when it hit the ground, killing all 21 people on board.