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it was Enlil though that sent him after the Anzu bird
Ninurta's Pride and Punishment
At his command your weapon struck me, hard.
As I let go the Me out of my hand,
Its Me turned back to the Abzu.
As I let go the Giš-ḫur out of my hand,
Its Giš-ḫur turned back to the Abzu.
Its (tablet of destiny) turned back to the Abzu—
I was stripped of the Me.
At (the word of Amar-An)žu, the hero Ninurta was stunned,
(Ninmenna) gives out a wail:
"And what about me? Its Me have not fallen into my hand,
I am not to excersize En-ship of the Abzu.
He would not let (me) . . . . just like the one in the (shrine) Abzu."
Father Enki knew the word (that Ninmenna had spoken).
Amar-Anžu took the hero Ninurta by the hand,
With him drew near to Enki's place, the Abzu,
And thus was Utaulu returned to the Abzu by Amar-Anžu
The Master was delighted with the hero.
Father Enki was delighted with the hero.
The master, Nudimmud, speaks to him with (affec)tion:
"Hero! No god among (your) brother gods could have done so.
As for the bird which your mighty weapon has pinioned—
From now to eternity (you will set) your foot upon its neck.
Let the Great God give (your heroic) strength its due.
Let your father Enlil do whatever (you) command.
Let Ninmenna not design anything like you.
Let her give no one the awesomeness you possess.
Let her have no one (grasp) awesomeness before you.
Monthly may your . . . be constant in the shrine Abzu.
Let your name be proclaimed in the seat of honor."
The hero—his heart did not spring at this blessing.
At his post, how his face darkens, how it pales!
His heart turns over great things.
His heart is hostile.
He . . . not his . . . ,
He . . . his body . . . ,
One the whole universe the hero Ninurta set his sights.
He told no one, his heart did not . . . .
The great Enki, in his own heart, grasped the plan.
In his shrine Abzu he stirred up billowing waves.
By the house the sukkal Isimud threatened (Ninurta).
The hero Ninurta refuses to come out, and raised his hand against Isimud.
Against him Enki designed a turtle made of clay from the Abzu.
Against him he stationed the turtle at the entrance, the gate of the Abzu.
Enki kept talking to him at the place of combat.
Luring him along to the place where the turtle stood.
With its sinews the turtle seized his back.
The hero Ninurta turned back against its (feet)
Enki, as if perplexed, say "now, what is this!"
He had it scrape the ground with its claws, he had it dig an (evil) pit.
The hero Ninurta, he tossed him into it along the turtle.
The hero Ninurta did not know how to ascend from the (evil) pit,
The turtle kept on gnawing at his feet with its (evil) claws.
The great master Enki says to him:
"From . . . I (?) have gathered (?) . . . ,
You who set your mind to kill me,
The braggart who makes great claims,
I set down.
I raise up.
Whatever made you set your mind against me!
What has your past taught you?
What indeed is its . . . ,
To what place has your strength fled?
Where is your heroship?
You have destroyed mountains—
Why is it that now you cannot rise up?"
Ninmenna learned of this situation.
She rips the clothes from her body.
She . . . :
"As for you, my plant-eater,
Who carried the Me away from you?
You, the one whose head does not shake with fear,
That . . . ,
Who carried the Me away from you?
Enki, that thing that has no name,
It's name that is: 'the day that does not pour'
You, pitiless death,
Who carried the Me away from you?"
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE
That's a good point, perhaps it is Ninurta that is the unknown Deity that steps in all of a sudden at the end of the Enki and Inanna narrative, there is the precedent as you say, it would sort of make the entire story somewhat pointless though, other than to show what a cool secret agent Ninurta was
At your gipar-gate may the En spend the days in jubilation.
May the sons of your city, the sons of Erech, live there joyous of heart.
And as far as you are concerned:
Your city has indeed been an ally of Eridu . . . ,
To its former place, it will, then, be restored.
126-128. Enki spoke to holy Inana: "In the name of my power, in the name of my abzu, I will establish …… in my abzu for the woman."
129-130. (Inana speaks: "Why has this one now entered here? …… taking the divine powers from me?"
3 lines fragmentary(A third deity speaks: "May the …… in your name!"
4 lines fragmentary "May there be …… a festival! May …… pass their time …… at the gate of your Ĝipar! May the citizens of your city, Inana, the citizens of Unug, live ……! And as for you, Enki -- may …… your city, Eridug ……, and has indeed restore
The opposition of m e / partsu and n a m t a r / shimtu is not just conceptually implied, but turns out to be made explicit in third millennium cosmogony. 40 Herein a cosmic ocean, N a m m a , produces a proto-universe, Heaven and Earth undivided. In a series of stages, all represented by gods, Heaven and Earth produce the Holy Mound (d u k u g ), which in its turn produces E n l i l , ‘Lord Ether’, who by his very existence separates Heaven and Earth. E n l i l , representing the space between Heaven and Earth, the sphere of human and animal life, organises what he finds by his decisions (n a m t a r / shimtu), and thus puts everything into place: the universe becomes a cosmos. Before being permanently subjected, however, the primordial universe (Heaven and Earth) rebels; its representative, a member of the older generation of gods, E n m e sh a r r a , ‘Lord All M e ’, tries to usurp E n l i l ’s prerogative to n a m t a r / shimtu (i.e. prerogative to make decisions). He is defeated by E n l i l and incarcerated in the netherworld for good. The myth can be read as a theistically-slanted argument on two modes of defining order: an immutable cosmological order (m e / partsu) whose unmistakable champion is E n m e sh a r r a , against a protean, individual-centred, volitional, anthropomorphic order, whose champion is E n l i l .
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
It would be awesome to draw a time line connecting all of these deities and tracing them back to Sumerian times. Then we can try and figure out where their deities came from.
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
reply to post by AfterInfinity
Depends on which archetype, or motif you're looking for. I can do so with the Storm Lord/Sky God, and the Dying and Rising God pretty well. Maybe even the Champion. But all gods? Nope, beyond me, ha ha.~ Wandering Scribe