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Title Page
Preface
Contents
Introduction
Chapter I. The Scope and Significance of Sumerian Mythology
Chapter II. Myths of Origins
Chapter III. Myths of Kur
Chapter IV. Miscellaneous Myths
Chapter V. References and Notes
Supplementary Notes



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INTRODUCTION
The Sources: the Sumerian Literary Tablets Dating from Approximately 2000 B. C
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CHAPTER


I
The Scope and Significance of Sumerian Mythology
26
II
Myths of Origins
30

The Creation of the Universe
30

The Organization of the Universe
41

Enlil and Ninlil: the Begetting of Nanna
49

The Journey of Nanna to Nippur
47

Emesh and Enten: Enlil Chooses the Farmer god
49

The Creation of the Pickax
51

Cattle and Grain
53

Enki and Ninhursag: the Affairs of the Water god
54

Enki and Sumer: the Organization of the Earth and Its Cultural Processes
59

Enki and Eridu: the Journey of the Water-god to Nippur
62

Inanna and Enki: the Transfer of the Arts of Civilization from Eridu to Erech
64

The Creation of Man
68



III
Myths of Kur
76

The Destruction of Kur: the Slaying of the Dragon
76

Inanna's Descent to the Nether World
83



IV
Miscellaneous Myths
97

The Deluge
97

The Marriage of Martu
98

Inanna Prefers the Farmer
101



V
References and Notes
104

Supplementary Notes
120

Index
125






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