The Enûma Eliš: An Adaptation

Part one.

Part two.

Part three.

Part four.

Here begins Tablet IV…

Lahmu and Lahamu took their seat in the holy assembly. To their left, the Igigi gods took their seats in the holy assembly; to their right, the Anunnaki gods took their seats in the holy assembly. Anshar, Anu, and Ea led Marduk to the feet of the holy mother and the holy father. They prepared a dais for him and presented him before the assembly of the Holy Ones to receive from them the right to rule.

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A Lament for Dumuzid

Today is the date of the Vernal Equinox, in which we commemorate the first day of Spring and the blossoming of life.

Trees begin to bud — if they haven’t already.

Spring flowers break forth from the soil and lift their heads to face the sun.

Birds sing their amorous mating calls.

Soon the air will be full of pollen.

Despite the stirring of new life upon the Earth, this is also a time of sorrow.

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The Enûma Eliš: An Adaptation

What follows is part one of my adaptation of one of the most notable Mesopotamian myth — that of the Babylonian creation epic known as the Enûma Eliš, or “When on high”. This text has been adapted by myself and was originally intended for major publication. Due to its length however, the decision was made to publish it here.

As with all mythological texts, there are other matters at play.

The text served as a political and ecclesiastical means of asserting the rule of the Babylonian god, Marduk and signifies the defining moment of his rise to power. Thus legitimizing his dominion over all of them, including Enlil, the undisputed head of the Mesopotamian pantheon as a whole.

For the sake of simplicity, accented letters have been replaced by those letters which would otherwise determine their sound (e.g., “š” being replaced with “sh”).

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