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Template:Ancient ransid crusty turd (from the bum)Mesopotamia Enûma Elish is the creation epic of Babylonian mythology. It was first discovered by modern scholars (in fragmentary form) in the ruined library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq). Creation beliefs and stories describe how the universe, the Earth, life, and/or humanity came into being. ... Enûma Elish Family tree. ... Assurbanipal in a relief from the north palace at Nineveh There were several Assyrian kings named Assur-bani-pal, also spelled Asurbanipal, Assurbanipal (most commonly), Ashurbanipal and Ashshurbanipal, but the best known was Assurbanipal IV.  Ashurbanipal, or Assurbanipal, (reigned 668 - 627 BCE), the son of Esarhaddon and Naqia-Zakutu... This article is about the ancient Middle Eastern city of Nineveh. ... Mosūl (Kurdish: Mûsil, Arabic: موصل, al Mawsil) or Nineveh (Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܐ) is a city in northern Iraq/Central Assyria. ...

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Enûma Elish is recorded in Akkadian on seven clay tablets. The majority of Tablet V has never been recovered, but aside from this lacuna the text is almost complete. Akkadian was a language of the Semitic family spoken in ancient Mesopotamia, particularly by the Assyrians and Babylonians. ... A lacuna is a gap in a manuscript, inscription or text. ...

This epic is one of the most important sources for understanding the Babylonian worldview, centered on the supremacy of Marduk and the existence of mankind for the service of the gods. Its primary original purpose, however, is not an exposition of theology or theogony, but the elevation of Marduk, the chief god of Babylon, above other Mesopotamian gods. Babylonia was an ancient state in Mesopotamia (in modern Iraq), combining the territories of Sumer and Akkad. ... Marduk and his dragon, from a Babylonian cylinder seal Marduk (Bibl. ... The term God is used to designate a Supreme Being; however, there are other definitions of God. ... Theology is literally reasonable discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Babylon was the capital city of Babylonia in Mesopotamia (in contemporary Iraq, about 70 mi/110 km south of Baghdad). ... Mesopotamia ( Greek: Μεσοποταμία, translated from Old Persian Miyanrudan the Land between the Rivers or the Aramaic name Beth-Nahrin two rivers) is a region of Southwest Asia. ...

Enûma Elish has existed in various versions and copies, the oldest probably dating to at least 1700 B.C.E.

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The epic names three primeval gods: Apsu, the fresh water, Tiamat, the salt water, and their son Mummu, apparently the mist. Several other gods are created, and raise such a clamor of noise that Apsu is provoked (with Mummu's connivance) to destroy them. Ea (Nudimmud), at the time the most powerful of the gods, intercepts the plan, puts Apsu to sleep and kills him, and shuts Mummu out. Ea then begets a son, Marduk, greater still than himself. In Sumerian mythology Abzu or Apsu was the god of fresh water, also representing the primeval water and sometimes the cosmic abyss. ... For information about the heavy metal band, see Tiamat (band) Tiamat as portrayed in the Dungeons & Dragons Animated Series Tiamat is a primeval goddess in Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, and a central figure in the Enûma Elish creation epic. ... Mummu vizer of primeval gods Apsu, the fresh water, and Tiamat, the salt water. ... Marduk and his dragon, from a Babylonian cylinder seal Marduk (Bibl. ...

Tiamat is then persuaded to take revenge for the death of her husband. Her power grows, and some of the gods join her. She elevates Kingu and gives him "supreme dominion." A lengthy description of the other gods' inability to deal with the threat follows. Ultimately, Marduk is selected as their champion against Tiamat, and becomes very powerful. He defeats Tiamat, and forms the world from her corpse. The subsequent hundred lines or so constitute the lost section of Tablet V. Kingu was a demon in Babylonian mythology, and the consort of the goddess Tiamat before she was slain by Marduk. ...

The gods who sided with Tiamat are initially forced to labor in the service of the other gods. They are the masters of the king, Bruce Forsyth. They are freed from their servitude when Marduk decides to slay Kingu and create mankind from his blood. Babylon is established as the residence of the chief gods. Finally, the gods confer kingship on Marduk, hailing him with fifty names. Most noteworthy is Marduk's symbolic elevation over Enlil, who was seen by earlier Mesopotamian civilizations as the king of the gods. Enlil was the name of a chief deity in Babylonian religion, perhaps pronounced and sometimes rendered in translations as Ellil in later Akkadian. ...

Comparisons with his anus

Many scholars have noted striking Hugeness of the arse between the creation story in the Enûma Elish and the first creation story in the Biblical tale of Genesis. For example, Genesis describes six days of creation, followed by a day of rest; the Enûma Elish describes six generations of gods, whose creations parallel the days in Genesis, followed by a divine rest. Also, the goddess Tiamat parallels the primordial ocean in Genesis. This has led many to believe that Genesis is based on a modified form of the Enûma Elish, or that they are both derived from the same source. A Bible handwritten in Latin, on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. ... Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah (five books of Moses) and hence the first book of the Tanakh, part of the Hebrew Bible; it is also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ... For information about the heavy metal band, see Tiamat (band) Tiamat as portrayed in the Dungeons & Dragons Animated Series Tiamat is a primeval goddess in Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, and a central figure in the Enûma Elish creation epic. ...

External(from the bum links:

  • The full surviving text of the Enûma Elish (http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/enuma.htm)
  • Genesis and Enûma Elish creation myth comparisons (http://www.meta-religion.com/World_Religions/Ancient_religions/Mesopotamia/genesis_and_enuma_elish_creation.htm)



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