Youthful Utu ……, calf of the wild cow, calf of the wild cow
Various stories and odes to the gods of Sumer. The vast majority of these texts were taken from the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Liturature. I highly recommend a visit. In fact, I highly recommend bookmarking it. There are a great deal many more texts there, I only took a handful. The transliterations of these texts are also on their site, if you want to see them in romanised Sumerian.
Many of the deities listed are local deities, so they may have only one or two stories. If you are unsure of the imagery in the texts, please don't hesitate to send me an email or jump onto my Facebook page and ask me. Things like the 'cows' of Nanna is not as silly as it sounds; the 'cows' and other herd animals of the moon god refer to the stars and planets. Calling someone your 'lettace' isn't comparing them to a salad, it means they are succulent. Juicy. Remember that these are myths of a desert people, so 'juicy' is a very good thing. Keep perspective in mind when reading.
Myths, Praises and Hymns to the Gods of Sumer
27-35He (Enki (?)) approaches the maiden Nisaba in prayer. He has organised pure food-offerings; he has opened up Nisaba's house of learning, and has placed the lapis-lazuli tablet on her knees, for her to consult the holy tablet of the heavenly stars. In Aratta he has placed E-zagina at her disposal. You have built up Erec in abundance, founded from little ...... bricks, you who are granted the most complex wisdom! 36-50In the abzu, the great crown of Eridug, where sanctuaries are apportioned, where elevated ...... are apportioned -- when Enki, the great princely farmer of the awe-inspiring temple, the carpenter of Eridug, the master of purification rites, the lord of the great en priest's precinct, occupies E-engur, and when he builds up the abzu of Eridug; when he takes counsel in Hal-an-kug, when he splits with an axe the house of boxwood; when the sage's hair is allowed to hang loose, when he opens the house of learning, when he stands in the street of the door of learning; when he finishes (?) the great dining-hall of cedar, when he grasps the date-palm mace, when he strikes (?) the priestly garment with that mace, then he utters seven ...... to Nisaba, the supreme nursemaid:
51-55"O Nisaba, good woman, fair woman, woman born in the mountains (1 ms. has instead: by the mountains)! Nisaba, may you be the butter in the cattle-pen, may you be the cream in the sheepfold, may you be keeper of the seal in the treasury, may you be a good steward in the palace, may you be a heaper up of grain among the grain piles and in the grain stores!" 56-57Because the Prince Enki cherished Nisaba, O father Enki, it is sweet to praise you!
(From Nisaba A)
Although the Gilgamesh stories are included here, he is not a deity. His stories are important, though, because they have a direct baring on the world-view of late Sumer early Babylon.
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