Suzanna Heyd
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TI-AMA-TU DU-GA: INCANTATION TABLET

ti-ama-tu du-ga
ti-ama-tu dam-qis

ti-ama-tu dug-bad ti-it ti-it
dug-ga-e ta-la-mu ti-it

tam-ma-buk-ku ti-it tap-pu-tu ti-it

ta-mu tam-ma-buk-ku ta-ha-zu
ta-mu tam-ma-buk-ku tam-u

dab-du dug-nam-tar
dak-u day-ya-ni tam-u

da-ku te-bu du-ru
ta-bal-u du-ru tam-u
dim-tu du-ru
ti-ta-an ta-nad-das-si du-ru

ta-mu ta-mu
di-tal-lu da-ri-sam dir-ga

tam-ma-buk-ku ta-mu ta-mu
ti-ama-tu ta-la-mu ti-it



 

dread whose lofty ways none can fathom. Neck stock, meshed net, bond of the great underworld from which none can escape, your exterior is raised up like a snare, the sun rises inside you, endowed with widespreading plenty…

~from the temple hymns, Enheduanna, 2300BCE

TI-AMA-TU DU-GA: INCANTATION TABLET [transliteration]

Abyss (ocean) Crownlike (dark)
Ocean (abyss) Well (the emotion)

Abyss (ocean) spreading the knees Life (that which is life) Life (that which is life)

Clay(lifeless mass of clay) Bestow (to bestow on) Life(that which is life)

Dragons Life (that which is life) Aid Life (that which is life)

Oath (to make swear) Dragons Battle
Oath (to make swear) Dragons

Defeat Fate Speaker
Kill Judges

Oath Executed (to be executed) Remove Wall

Take Away Wall

Oath (to make swear)` Tear Wall

Live (those who in heaven live) Throw it Down Wall

Oath Oath
Ashes Forever Glowing (dark glowing chamber)

Dragons Oath
Oath Ocean (abyss) Bestow (to bestow on)
Life(that which is life)

TI-AMAT-U DU-GA : INCANTATION TABLET [translation]

I am the dark crown of the abyss
I am the surging ocean

I am the abyss spreading open my knees
A lump of clay I birth into life into living
Dragons into life to help what is alive

Alive, my dragons
Swear yourselves to battle
Vow, my dragons

to defeat the fate speakers
to kill the judges

Swear! Their executions

Tear at the wall
Abolish the wall
Take the wall away

Throw down the walls of those who live in heaven

Ashes

From my dark glowing chamber
Dragons, swear it!
Promise the abysmal ocean that is your life.


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