Chapters: Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta, Sumerian Creation Myth, Debate Between Bird and Fish, Lament for Ur, Nabnitu, Lu-Di ira, Xisuthros. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 31. Not illustrated. Free updates online.
Purchase includes a free trialMoreChapters: Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta, Sumerian Creation Myth, Debate Between Bird and Fish, Lament for Ur, Nabnitu, Lu-Di ira, Xisuthros. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 31. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta is a legendary Sumerian account, of preserved, early post-Sumerian copies, composed in the Neo-Sumerian period (ca.
21st century BC). It is one of a series of accounts describing the conflicts between Enmerkar, king of Unug-Kulaba (Uruk), and the unnamed king of Aratta (probably somewhere in modern Iran or Armenia). It is notable for its strong parallels to the Tower of Babel narrative of Genesis. Near the beginning of the account, the following background is provided: In those days of yore, when the destinies were determined, the great princes allowed Unug Kulabas E-ana to lift its head high.
Plenty, and carp floods-(fish aplenty, barley abundance), and the rain which brings forth dappled barley were then increased in Unug Kulaba. Before the land of Dilmun yet existed, the E-ana of Unug Kulaba was well founded. E-ana was a ziggurat in Uruk built in honour of the goddess Inanna, the lady of all the lands(E-ana is house of ana, or Temple of Ana). Similarly, the lord of Aratta has himself crowned in Inannas name, but she does not find this as pleasing as her brick temple in Uruk.
Enmerkar, thus chosen by Inanna in her holy heart from the bright mountain, then asks Inanna to let him subject Aratta and make the people of Aratta deliver a tribute of precious metals and gemstones, for constructing the lofty Abzu ziggurat of Enki at Eridu, as well as for embellishing her own E-ana sanctuary at Uruk. Inanna accordingly advises Enmerkar to dispatch a herald across the mountains of Susin and Anshan to the lord of Aratta, to demand his su...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=1050436