Adapa, a mythical Babylonian figure from the Kassite period (14 B.C.). The mortal son of Ea, the god of wisdom, who brought the arts of civilization. Adapa broke the wings of Ninlil, the South Wind, who'd overturned his fishing boat. Anu called him to account. Ea said to apologize humbly, but not to eat or drink while in heaven as it was the food of death. Anu was impressed by Adapa's sincerity and offered him the food of immortality. Heeding Ea's advice, Adapa lost immortality.