THE ANCIENT MYTH OF
THE ENUMA ELISH
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The Enuma Elish - Mesopotamian Mythology
The Enuma elish is a Babylonian or Mesopotamian myth
that described creation and is told through this Akkadian story. The stone
tablets date back to around 1900 BCE. The name “The Enuma elish” translates into
meaning “When on high…”
These clay tablets tell how man was created from the fresh waters of Apsu and
the salt waters of Tiamat. In the story it explains how these waters came
together to create Lahmu and Lahamu whereas Tiamat gave birth. Then these two
gods gave birth to more gods and so on and so forth.
There is more than one version of the Enuma Elish,
one depicting Marduk as the hero and another depicts Anu, Enil, and Ninurta as
There are seven clay tablets, which is the basis of
the Enuma elish and the foundation of the Mesopotamian Religion. In 1876, George
Smith published texts translating the words from these clay tablets in the
writing called The Chaldean Genesis.
Whether Babylonian, Mesopotamian, or Sumerian all
their myths and religions are based off the words in the Enuma Elish. The
tablets have some areas that have been destroyed through the passing of time, in
these areas, historians either ignore the areas missing or try to reformulate
what they believe would be there.
From the Enuma Elish you can learn that the gods
struggled and chaos was everywhere until order was put in place. Another version
of the Enuma Elish can be found in the writings and translations of L. W. King
in The Seven Tablets of Creation.
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