The Enûma Eliš: An Adaptation

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Here begins Tablet V…

Marduk spoke his secret spell and fashioned halls of splendor and majesty for the great gods.

He called forth the stars to shine and form constellations.

He called the three stars of Anu, the three stars of Ea, and the three stars of Enlil into being to watch over the months and organize the year and girded the doors of Heaven with great doors secured by bolts.

He established Nibiru, his throne, among the stars.

He called the waxing and waning moon into being and entrusted it to Nanna-Sin.

He called the sun into being and entrusted it to Shamash.

Marduk appointed them to traverse the expanse of Heaven during their appointed time: Shamash rising from the east to the west, surveying all below him and Nanna-Sin during the night, both marking the day and the night.

Marduk cast the foam that had fallen from Tiamat’s maw and cast it into the newly created sky to form clouds, wind, rain, and mist.

The remaining portion of Tiamat’s corpse was formed and fashioned into the foundation of the earth suspended above the great Apsu and below the expanse of Heaven fashioned from Tiamat’s hide.

From her eyes, he drew forth the waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Her breasts and hips he fashioned and formed into the mountains of the earth to support the heavens.

Marduk surveyed his works and put their care into Ea’s hands. The Tablet of Destinies that he took as his war prize, he presented to his grandfather, Anu.

Marduk created the likeness of Tiamat’s eleven self-begotten children and placed them at the great gates of the Apsu. Marduk’s name was proclaimed throughout the three realms of the created world.

Anshar hailed him as victorious king, Anu, together with Enlil and Ea brought him gifts without number.

His mother, Damkina, hailed him her hero.

The Igigi gods and the Anunnaki gods stood before Marduk and lauded him with praise, crying aloud: Worthy is the champion of the gods!

The dust and blood of battle was washed from his body. He was anointed again and given a clean robe to wear.

The rod and ring were given to him, the mace he bore in battle was washed and anointed and given to him. He was crowned anew with the holy diadem. His dais and holy throne were carried to the inner sanctum of the holy dwelling.

Before him stood the holy assembly of the Igigi gods and Anunnaki gods.

Lahmu and Lahamu spoke aloud: Once, he was our beloved son, the joy of the gods. Now, he is your king, and into his hands we have given him the right to rule. He bears the holy crown, in his hand he bears the sacred rod and ring, the royal mace.

We bestow upon him the name Lugaldimmerankia.

We declare you the caretaker of the holy shrine, your command is ours to bring into being.

Marduk spoke aloud: I will establish my abode above the Apsu and below the Heavens.

There, I will build my holy chambers and halls. When you ascend from the chambers of the deep, when you descend from the heights above, when you gather as the holy assembly, my holy chambers and halls will be your resting place.

I shall call its name Babylon, and it shall be the home of the great gods…

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