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For the sake of simplicity, accented letters have been replaced by those letters which would otherwise determine their sound (e.g., “š” being replaced with “sh”).

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