A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology by Gwendolyn Leick

By Gwendolyn Leick

The Dictionary of historic close to japanese Mythology covers assets from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from round 2800 to three hundred BC. It includes entries on gods and goddesses, giving facts in their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented via the texts, and defining their roles in the physique of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving where of foundation of major texts and a quick background in their transmission throughout the a while; and entries explaining using expert terminology, for things like different types of Sumerian texts or forms of mythological figures.

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The sun-goddess instructs Anat to pour ‘sparkling wine into the wine-skins’ and bring wreaths. [gap] Somebody is predicting the actions of Baal after his return, how he will kill the sons of Aštart (those who rejoiced over his death) and how he will resume his seat of the throne of his dominion. Seven years pass uneventfully, then Mot (who is by now revived as well) sends a challenge to Baal. He orders one of Baal’s brothers to atone for the wrongs done to him by Anat. Baal pretends to do as bidden, but he intends to outwit Mot by offering him ‘brothers of Mot’ (also sons of El and Aštart—maybe boars, the usual sacrifice to chthonic gods in Ugarit).

Must be built. This final passage seems to summarize the creation of human beings, and explain their neotany, procreation and duties towards the gods. Benito 1969; Alster 1978; Draffkorn-Kilmer 1976, 265–71 Enki and the World Order Sumerian text preserved on Old Babylonian tablets. The structure resembles that of a certain type of incantation and is divided into four 43 ENKIDU sections.

The fields are thus able to produce grain with the ‘water of abundance’. Quays and waterways, essential for profitable trade, are also erected; Dilmun is now a desirable place. ma, ‘mother of the land’, appears and Enki creates the marshland where he unites himself with Damgalnunna, who from this moment of conception on is called Ninsikil, ‘the pure lady’. After a pregnancy lasting nine days, she gives birth to Ninmu. , who in turn becomes impregnated by Enki and delivers Uttu, ‘vegetation’. Ninhursag now intervenes.

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