Mystic & Mythological Explanatory Works

"days" (nights) of the moon

p. 31 (K 170 + Rm 520)

(lunar nights) of deities

(night)

shape

deity

name

p. 77 STT 400 rev.

p.78 TIM 9 60 iii

1st

crescent

AN

GURUN "Fruit"

New: AN

New: AN

7th

half-crown: kidney

E'-A

A'B.KAR "Cow"

   

15th

crown: circle

EN-LI'L

EN.ES^.BAR "Lord of Decisions"

7th : EN-LI'L

7th : EN-LI'L

       

15th : NIN-URTA

15th : NIN-URTA

         

19th : Gula

         

20th : [S^amas^]

       

disappearance: Si^n

25th : Si^n

{since Si^n is from ZU.EN, could the disappearance be referred to the storm-bird ZU = [Maori] bird Matuku-tanotano, who carried off to the moon the goddess Hina-uri ?}

numerics of deities (K 170 + Rm 520)

p.

numeric

deity

nature of deity

31

60

AN

prae-eminent, father of gods

 

50

EN-LI'L

shepherd, king of S^U' (kis^s^ati "universe"}

 

40

E'-A

lord of IDIM (naqbi "source")

 

30

[NANNAR] Si^n

lord of ES^.BAR ITI (purus^s^e arh^i "decisions of the month")

 

20

UD (S^amas^)

lord of IZI.GAR GU'R (dipari kippatu "torch of totality")

 

6

IS^KUR (Adad)

S^E`G UB (zunni u rig-mu "rain & thunder")

 

10

(Marduk)

 

33

15

[IN.ANNA] (Es^4-ta'r)

lady of the gods

 

50

NIN-URTA

lord of weapon: son of EN-LI'L

 

11

NERGAL (S^akkan)

lord of the 600 (A-NUN-NA-KI)

 

10

GIBIL (Nusku)

 

p. 61 GU'.BAR.RA = As^-rat (BM 34035)

of __

is a __

and she is __

E'-ZI-DA

MAS^.DA` (s.abitu "gazelle")

za^ru "shunned"

E'-SAG-I'L

S^arrah^itu ("the proud")

ah^itu "a foreigner"

     

the __ in her hands

are __ the

comb & mirror,

"corpse star"

of (p. 62): Kaginna & S.illus^t.ab, hairdressers of:

Zarpanitu

   

(p. 255 -- BM 34035)

 

on the __

the sistren-pairs

go to __

11th of Tammuz

S.illus^t.ab & Kaginna

E'-ZI-DA

3rd of Kislim

GAZ-BA-[BA] & KIRI4-ZAL-SUR-RA

E'-SAG-I'L

p. 65 corpse-star = corpse of Asakku = "stone" crushed by ZA-BA4-BA4 {cf. [Philis^tine] Ba<al Be<el)-zebub "owner of flies"}

p. 62 AN-S^A'R (BM 34035)

the __

is taboo to __

because __

NI'G.GIG (ikkib) "cat"

AN-S^A'R

Seirios pulled the front to the beam

{cf. [Warani`] myth of Nanderykey pulling a timber-beam (NR&C, p. 188): s` (s^) > d}

p. 75 winds which served deities

wind

deity (RA 60 73 rev.)

deity (STT 400 rev. = TIM 9 60 iii dupl. K 8397)

south

E'-A

E'-A

east

EN-LI'L

EN-LI'L

north

IS^KUR (Adad) & NIN-URTA

+NIN-LI'L

west

AN

AN

p. 83 the 3 heavens & 3 earths (VAT 8917)

the __

is composed of __ (stone)

and containeth __

AN.TA (elu^ti "upper") heaven

Luludanitu of AN

the 300 I'-GI`-GI`

MURUB4 (qablu^ti "middle") heaven

Saggilmut

throne on dai:s of lapis lazuli; glass & quartz

KI.TA (s^aplu^ti "lower") heaven

jasper of the stars

constellations

upper earth

 

souls of mankind

middle earth

 

E'-A the father of Marduk

lower earth

 

the 600 A-NUN-NA-KI

p. 83 ghosts of deities (VAT 8917 rev.)

the __ (animal)

is the et.emmu ("ghost") of __ (deity)

[plant-wood]

EN-ME-S^A'R-RA

onager

EN-LI'L

wolf

AN

dromedary

+Ti[h]amat

p. 88 et.emmu = t.emu "personality" of a slain god {cf. [Samskr.ta] a-tman vs. [Vaidik] tman "self"}

god-description texts

description

body-part of male

description

     

p. 95 VAT 8917 obv.

 

pp. 95-96 VAT 9946 rev.

 

pus

1 LA`L honey

S^INIG tamarisk

topknot

2a S^INIG tamarisk

frond

SU6 whiskers

 

cedar

knees

4a cedar

apple

ankle-bones

4b S^ENNUR medlar-tree

MUS^ snake

GIS^ penis

 

ZA`.MI' harp

hand

 

SA.A cat

[heart's] blood

6a cat

BURU5.H^ABRUD.DA partridge

drop of heart-blood

 

pig

innards

 

whetsone

EME tongue

 

leek

armpit-hair

8b thorn-plant

drum

mandible

 

UR.MAH^ lion

"larger limbs"

 

UR.GI7 hound

"smaller limbs"

 

U'.NAGA raven

mole (wen?)

 

poplar

stature

2b S^UR.MI`N cypress

LILIS kettledrum

heart

 

palm[tree]

GU'.MURGU backbone

 

GI reeds

S^U.SI fingers

5a bundle of reeds

KU`.BABBAR silver

UGU skull

 

GUS^KIN gold

sperm

7a GUS^KIN gold

thorn-bush

chest-hair

 

U'.GI'R boxthorn

pubic hair

8a [box]thorn

A.BA'RA lead

earwax

 

MES.GA`M fruit-tree

GI`R.PAD.DU bone

 

KU6 fish; PE`S^ figs [milky sap]

UBUR nipples

7b H^I.IS lettuce [its sap is milky]

I` oil

A.IGI tears

 

bulrush

snot

 

date-fruit

UZU flesh

 

GES^TIN grapes

eyeballs

 
 

thighs

3b juniper

 

I`.UDU fat

5b S^IM.S^ES^ myrrh

 

A' sides

6b oak {cf. "Old Ironsides"}

p. 101 deities of body-parts (KAR 102 dupl. STT 118)

body-part

deity

teeth

Sibitti

cheeks

stars

ears

E'-A & DAM-KI-NA sages

head

IS^KUR (Adad) the artisan

forehead

S^ala the beloved spouse

neck

Marduk the judge of heaven and earth

similes for body-parts of goddesses

goddess

her body-part

similes

p. 107 (TIM 9 54 rev.) Tas^metu (wife of Nabu^)

jaw

GIGIR chariot

thighs

MAS^.DA` gazelle

ankle-bones

apple

heels

"frolicsome"

pp. 108-109 (PAPS 107 505 11) INANNA

GAL4.LA vulva

peg; horn; wagon; boat; crescent-moon

p. 173 ritual for curing the sick (BM 34035)

substance

its deity

gypsum (on the door)

NIN-URTA

bitumen (on the door)

Asakku

circle of flour (surrounding bed)

LUGAL-GI`R-RA & MES-LAM-TA-E`-A

the 3 heaps of flour

AN; EN-LI`L; E'-A

design (in front of bed)

"net" {Cf. net over bed of Hephaistos}

drum (at the head)

AN

cymbals (at the head)

EN-LI`L

standards (at the head)

IMIN.BI (Sibitti) the sons of Is^h^ara

scapegoat (at the head)

NIN-AMAS^-KU`-GA the shepherd of EN-LI`L

censor (in the house)

KU`-SU`

torch (in the house)

Nusku

pp. 177-179 subjects of deities (CBS 6060 obv. K 4245 + 17990 obv. dupl. BM 41361 + BM 44179 dupl. BM 47463 obv.)

#

"subject"

deity

1

A.GU'B.BA basin

+NIN-GIRIMMA4 creatrix of the gods

2

container

+NAMMU

3

S^INIG tamarisk

AN

4

heart of date-palm

DUMU-ZI

5

IN.NU-US^ soap-plant

E'-A

6

GI.S^UL.H^I "reed-slippery"

NINURTA

7

SIKIL pure-plant

NANS^E

8

BU'R loosing-plant

E`R-RA

9

KU`.BABBAR silver

AN.GAL

10

GUS^KIN gold

EN.ME.S^A'R.RA

11

URUDU copper

E'-A

12

AN.NA tin

+NIN-MAH^

13

A.BA'R lead

MAS^

14

GUG carnelian

+NIN-LI'L

15

ZA.GI`N lapis lazuli

DILI.BAT (planet Venus)

16

NI'R chalcedony

AMAR.RA.H^E'.E`.A of ERI4.DU10

17

MUS^.GI'R mus^s^aru-stone

A.TU.GABA.LIS^

18

BABBAR-DILI stone

SAK-KUD

19

BABBAR-MIN5 stone

PA + TU'G

20

abas^mu-stone

PAP-SUKKAL

21

EN.GI.S^A6 stone

SAK-KUD

22

A.E' (malak) stone

Rammanu

23

LAMA (lamassu) stone

+MU`S^ of Uruk

24

TUR7.MI.NA breccia

+MU`S^ of Aka`de`

25

PA conch

+MU`S^ of KA'.DIS^

26

ZI.E' (zibtu) stone

+NIN.LI'L

27

bronze pegs

MAS^

28

binding

IMIN.BI (Sibitti)

29

the 7 GIS^IMMAR date-palms

the 7 sons of EN.ME.S^A'R.RA

30

the 3 heaps of flour

AN; EN-LI'L; E'-A

31

circle of flour

NISABA

32

cedar

+NIN.NIBRU ("lady of Nippur")

33

S^UR.MI`N cypress

KI.S^A'R

34

S^IM.GI'R

"River Ordeal"

35

S^IM.SAL

+GAS^AN ("The lady")

36

GI.DU`G.GA (ziqqu)

Nana^

37

LI juniper

IS^KUR (Adad)

38

colored wool

+Uttu (daughter of AN), spider's web

39

rite

NIN.URTA

40

NI'G.NA censor

URAS^

41

firebrand

GIBIL

42

white fumes

LI9.SI4

43

purifier

IGI.SIG7.SIG7 the gardener of EN.LI'L

44

cymbals

NIN-S^AR & U.GUR

45

drum

INDAGAR

46

IM.BABBAR gypsum

UT.U.LU

47

ESIR bitumen

I'D (Naru)

48

scapegoat

KU.S^U'

49

living sheep

S^AKKAN

50

offering-goat

MU-U'H^-RA

51

S^E.BIR.BIR.RI.DA

milled barley

52

S^E.NUMUN

meal

53

porringers

NUN.UR4.RA

54

magic wand

the 7 storms of Marduk

55

GUS^KIN.SA5 "gold red"

A-NUN-NA-KI

56

golden scapegoat appurtenance

MAS^.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL

57

MAS^.DA` gazelle

UN.GAL.NIBRU (S^arrat of Nippur)

58

KUR.GI.MUS^EN ("mountain reed bird") goose

NIN.IMMA

59

cedar-resin

I`.GIS^ (fat) of Anzu^

60

LA`L honey

LUGUD (pus) of Anzu^

61

I`.H^UL oil rancid

his fat

62

KI.A.I'D sulphur

his DINGIR (gods)

63

GES^TIN.H^A'D.A grape dried

his eyeballs

64

PE`S^.H^A'D.A fig dried

his UBUR (nipples)

65

NU.U'R.MA pomegranate

his knees

66

apple

his ankle-bones

67

scone

his UZU (flesh)

p. 186 locations of Asakku-daemones (CBS 6060 rev. dupl. BM 47463)

Asakku

location

KU-S^U'

above the shrine

MU-U'H^-RA

in front of main gate

SAK-KUT

in middle of swamp

SI-LAK-KI

in orchard

E-QU

"inside the hip/lap"

Abba-gula ("father of Gula")

in wall

S^U-LAK

in ruins

NR&C = ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE SACRED. Lawrence E. Sullivan (ed.): Native Religions and Cultures of Central and South America. Continuum, NY & London, 2002.

colophons

p. 260

CBS 6060

"The uninitiated shall not see."

 

VAT 8917

"A secret of the great gods. ... Let the uninitiated not see."

p. 261

VAT 9946

"The uninitiated may not see."

pp. 261-262

VAT 9555

"He who ... reads it, one who ... should not be allowed to hear -- ... the gods of heaven and underworld, and all the gods of Assyria, curse him with a foul and unrevocable curse. May they not show mercy to him as long as he lives. May they cause his seed to vanish from the land. May they place his flesh in the mouth of dogs."

BM; K; Rm = British Museum

CBS = University Museum, Philadelphia

VAT = Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin

RA = Revue d' Assyriologie

STT = The Sultantepe Tablets

TIM = Texts in the <Iraq Museum, BaGdad

Alasdair Livingstone: Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars. Clarendon Pr, Oxfolrd, 1986.