Enuma Elish Summary of Tablet I-III. Text for Tablet IV and VI

Enuma Elish Summary of Tablet I-III. Text for Tablet IV and VI

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Summary of tablets I-III to provide background for assigned reading (tablet IV and VI) 1 : 1. There are two primordial gods Apsu (god of fresh water) and his wife Tiamat (goddess of the sea/chaos). Tiamat bears Anshar and Kishar. From Anshar and Kishar comes Anu (the sky God) and from Anu comes Ea. 2. These children and grandchildren of Apsu and Tiamat are very loud and cause a great deal of ruckus and Apsu wants to kill them off. 3. Ea finds out about this and comes up with a plan to kill Apsu and is successful. 4. After killing Apsu, Ea and his wife Damkina make their home on top of Apsu’s body and they beget the god Marduk. 5. Tiamat wants revenge for the death of her husband. She marries the god Kingu. She also creates an army of monsters, puts Kingu in charge and incites a war against Ea. 6. Ea is unsuccessful to defend himself against Tiamat, Kingu and the monsters so Anu steps in to help. He is not much help either and the other gods become very afraid of TIamat and her cohorts. 7. After some time Marduk steps in and takes the challenge to fight against Tiamat, Kingu and their army. Enuma Elish Tablet IV 2 Overview : The council of the gods tests Marduk’s powers by having him make a garment disappear and then reappear. After passing the test, the council enthrones Marduk as high king and commissions him to fight Tiamat. With the authority and power of the council, Marduk assembles his weapons, the four winds as well as the seven winds of destruction. He rides in his chariot of clouds with the weapons of the storm to confront Tiamat. After entangling her in a net, Marduk unleashes the Evil Wind to inflate Tiamat. When she is incapacitated by the wind, Marduk kills her with an arrow through her heart and takes captive the other gods and monsters who were her allies. He also captured her husband Kingu. After smashing Tiamat’s head with a club, Marduk divided her corpse, using half to create the earth and the other half to create the sky complete with bars to keep the chaotic waters from escaping. The tablet ends with Marduk establishing dwelling places for his allies. They erected for him a princely throne. Facing his fathers, he sat down, presiding. "You are the most honored of the great gods, Your decree is unrivaled, your command is Anu. You, Marduk, are the most honored of the great gods, Your decree is unrivaled, your word is Anu. From this day your pronouncement shall be unchangeable. To raise or bring low--these shall be in your hand. Your utterance shall be true, your command shall be unimpeachable. No one among the gods shall transgress your bounds! (10) Adornment being wanted for the seats of the gods, Let the place of their shrines ever be in your place. O Marduk, you are indeed our avenger.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Schau during the Spring '08 term at North Park University.

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Enuma Elish Summary of Tablet I-III. Text for Tablet IV and VI

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