Oannes (aka Adapa, and Uan) was the leader of the Akpallus. He was the first of the seven sages sent by Ea to give civilization to man. This name is a pun on the Sumero-Akkadian word for craftsman. The seven angered Ea and were denied immortality and banished from earth to return to Apsu, Ea's home and the home of fresh water. The sages were supposed to be carp and carp are still kept in Near Eastern monastieries and mosques.