It's quite astonishing to come across Mesopotamian representations of the Perseid meteor shower, were i did so was through reading an article here on
a Problematic Cylinder Seal
, there are several articles there the one in question
being some way down the page.
Anyway the author quite rightly identifies several strange problems with examples of seals dating back some 3,500 years and related to the Mitannians
and fails to solve any of them.
The first issue is an unusual manner in which the lion is represented, which is actually quite easily solved as it's the winged Panther
He identifies the Deity type seen in association, a storm God similar to Teshub or Baal-Hadad, after Ninurta, but fails again to see why they should
be a pairing, again this is easily solved as the Ninurta type figure will be the one holding the lightning bolts and the one holding dagger will be
Nergal bringer of death, the general theme being the unleashing of death and destruction.
At that point he really should have been recognizing the beast as the Panther.
In these first millennium BCE texts, the name of the panther is written with the cuneiform signs UD.KA.DUḪ.A, which literally translated means
“The (storm)demon with the wide open mouth” It is read nimru leopard/panther, however, by ancient and modern scholars
Again he fails to find reason for what issues out of the Panthers mouth, considering rain globules or hail stornes, in connection to the theme of
So taking into account that it is from the Panther that the stream issues forth we
can ask ourselves why, there is confusion it seems to me with regards to which Mesopotamian star grouping should be recognized as the winged
Some try to suggest it was formed of the stars of Cygnus-Cepheus-Lacarta but they are wrong it was Perseus, all the iconography places it in that
relative position, and as far as these things go the iconography of the winged Panther can easily be recognized.
It can be seen in the examples provided that the emergent globules take on quite a consistent pattern and if we take into consideration what emerges
from the Panther constellation as Perseus it becomes readily understandable;
The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The
Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus.
It turns out that in all the illustrations the Mesopotamians were quite accurately
illustrating the Perseid meteor stream, and the context of this is association with death and destruction.
One of the aspects of these seals which imediatly drew my attention and which the author also quite rightly picked up on and identified is the usage
in them of the curious sea serpent more normally seen only on Dilmun seals of an earlier period, that's one of my favourite subjects as in
Mysteries of Dilmun
and also provides the greater context for what is involved here,
the generation of life were the sea serpent represents the point of transformation between vegetal and animal life, thus life in general and the
secret of immortality and also it's destruction and regeneration.
It turns out that the Perseid meteor stream is also very similar in form to the standard/symbol of Inanna, because after the death and destruction of
the storm and flood associated with the Panther were Taurus is the sacrificial victim it is she given her association with that constellation as the
Pleiades above it enters into the underworld and returns forth, the next stage in the great drama.
It can also be considered in terms of the sea serpent of life being closely seen in conjunction with the Perseid stream that such not only might it be
suggested that comets and meteors can end life but that that they can also seed it in the first place, in a constant cycle of death and regeneration,
perhaps the Mesopotamians got there first with Pan-Spermia theory....
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