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THE ENUMA ELISH A Sumerian gentleman King Ur-Nammu TABLET I WHEN on high the Heavens had not been named, Firm ground below had not been called by name, Nothing but ‘Primordial Apsu’ the Begetter, [Fresh Water] and ‘Mummu Tiamat’, She Who Bore them All, [Salt Water] –their waters commingling as a single body– No reed hut had been matted, no marsh land had appeared, Uncalled by name, their destinies undetermined– THEN it was that the Gods were formed within Them. Lahmu [‘mud’] and Lahamu [‘Mrs. Mud’] were brought forth, by name they were called Before they had grown in age and stature. Anshar [‘Upper Firmament’] and Kishar [‘Lower Firmament’] were formed, surpassing the others. They prolonged the days, added on the years. Anu was their heir, the rival of his fathers; Yes, Anu, Anshar’s first-born, was his equal.
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He begot in his image Nudimmud [ Ea ]. This Nudimmud was the master of his fathers; Of broad wisdom, understanding, mighty in strength, Mightier by far than his grandfather Anshar.
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