Enki (“En” Lord, “ki” Earth), or Ea (“E” Temple, “A” Water) is one of the three most important gods of Mesopotamian culture. He is the god of wisdom, lord of magic, construction, arts, design, and creation.
Enki has been interpreted as The Lord of Earth; He was the stepbrother of the god Enlil, and son of An.
His sole mission was to create men and to encourage other deities to believe in them. Enki was also the original patron God of the ancient city of Eridu, and his influence spread throughout history throughout Mesopotamia and to the Canaanites, Hittites and even Hurrians.
Interestingly, Enki was associated with the southern band of constellations called stars of Ea, but also with the constellation AŠ-IKU—Pegasus, a constellation in the northern sky.
Sometime during the second millennium BCE, Enki was referred to in writing by the numeric ideogram for “40,” which was also referred to as His “sacred number.”
Enki is the creator of mankind—according to what is told in the epic legend Acadia of Atrahasis—solely for the purpose of releasing the gods from their work. Enki used an existing hominid which he (Genetically?) manipulated in some in order to make man capable of understanding and meet the needs of the gods.
He is also later considered mankind’s savior since he warned Ziusudra of the universal flood.
Source: Strange Things