How did religion affect Mesopotamian societies?

In ancient Mesopotamia (and many other societies), there was no secular life. Everything was suffused with their religion. Each house had a niche, inside the entrance, where little idol-figurines were placed and worshiped. At every meal the gods were blessed. Even personal names often included the name of a god. The king, too, was worshiped as a divinity; and he also served as high priest. Speaking against the gods was a punishable offense. Everything was attributed to or connected to the gods: crop growth, fertility, military successes, business oaths, etc.
Overlapping with this was the fact that the occult also suffused their world. Much of the litigation concerned those who claimed to have been hexed. Magi, shamans, stargazers and soothsayers were sought out for advice or help; and demons were invoked or exorcised as a matter of routine.
In ancient Mesopotamia (and many other societies), there was no secular life. Everything was suffused with their religion. Each house had a niche, inside the entrance, where little idol-figurines were placed and worshiped. At every meal the gods were blessed. Even personal names often included the name of a god. The king, too, was worshiped as a divinity; and he also served as high priest. Speaking against the gods was a punishable offense. Everything was attributed to or connected to the gods: crop growth, fertility, military successes, business oaths, etc.
Overlapping with this was the fact that the occult also suffused their world. Much of the litigation concerned those who claimed to have been hexed. Magi, shamans, stargazers and soothsayers were sought out for advice or help; and demons were invoked or exorcised as a matter of routine.