'The Tablet of Creation' relates the mythical tale of the creation of the universe and the creation of
the first race of Gods, called the Ancient Ones. It also tells the tale of the rebellion of
the younger gods, the Anunnaki, against their oppressor, their Creator Apsu
and his evil cohort Mummu, and their subsequent overthrow.
The Tablet of Creation also tells the tale of the father of the Anunnaki, a young god named An, acquiring
Kingship of heaven, and his son Enki, the first of the Anunnaki, acquiring
Lordship of the Lower Realms.
The Tablet of Creation
('Enuma Elish' pt.1)
In the beginning, before the heavens and the earth were formed. Before the onset of time. Before the birth of stars and heavenly bodies. Before the age of the gods. Before the firmaments of the great heavens were established, there
existed only the churning primeval sea of Chaos within the Mind of Nammu, the
Source, that which was to become all creation. Nammu rested, slept and dreamed…and so, Time began.
From the deep dreams of Nammu the Source, there created the Abyss, known as Abzu. Deep within the Abzu were contained the
Spirits of the Sacred Waters of Life, and a thick mist which overhung them all. The Sweet Water God was called Apsu, the First, begetter of the gods. And the Salt Water Goddess, the dragon mother called Tiamat, the Maker,
who bore them all. And Mummu, the Mist, vizier of Apsu. Together they flowed as The One. Their Waters
co-mingled. The Three-in-One.
In time, their union brought
forth the first generation of gods. From their passion emerged the first blazing nebulae of burning cosmic
gasses, the first birthing of stars, the exploding gasses, the physical matter
and anti-matter of the universe in expansion. The primal essence of the Waters of Life spread throughout the
stars. The zones of the heavens were
formed and the unknown angles between them were affixed. The vast outer spaces were cast abroad as a
net, reigning in the clusters of newly formed stars and gathering them together
in great spiral arms and discs of pure light. The Universe learned of Light. The Universe learned of Darkness. The Universe learned of Life.
In the center of all creation, in the place of all beginnings, lies the abode of the Ancient Ones,
called Anduruna. Here the young generation of gods lived and played.
The First Born of the Ancient Ones. The Lahmu and the Lahamu were the first Gods to emerge.
Upon their emergence from the Waters of Life, great Mother Tiamat who bore them pronounced their names and empowered
them with the breath of life. As soon as they had grown and matured, the God
Anshar and Goddess Kishar were born, and quickly surpassed them in
stature. And so the Ages passed…
In the fullness of time, Anshar and Kishar added to the number of the gods. Their first-born son, An, rivaled the powers of his
forefathers. Anshar had created his son like unto himself, and double-crowned him with godhood, making him surpass all
others. And in time, when An matured,
he made a consort of his mother, Kishar, and took her unto himself. From their passion, An and Kishar begat
their first-born son, Enki, made in the likeness of his father. He, Enki, was superior to his forefathers in
every way: Great and profound was his
wisdom and understanding, he was the strongest of the gods, his skill-at-arms
was unsurpassable. Mightier he was by
far than Anshar, his father's begetter. Enki had no rival amongst the gods, his siblings and peers.
During the eons which
passed, the number of young gods and goddesses increased a hundredfold. A great multitude of heavenly beings now
winged merrily about the outer spaces and played among the stars. Joyful and exuberant were they, so much so
that they began to disturb the rest of their Queen and mother, Tiamat. The younger gods were exceedingly loud and
boisterous, clamoring back and forth within the abode of Anduruna. As their disturbances increased, so did
Mother Tiamat's resentment.
When Tiamat could stand it
no longer, she approached Apsu and bade him to quell their disturbances. When Apsu attempted to talk with the young
gods, they ignored him and continued in their noisy fashion. In time, Tiamat grew silent and
remorseful. No matter how grievous were
the ways of the young gods, no matter how bad their behavior, she would indulge
them, for they were all her children.
As time passed and the
disturbances of the younger gods continued unabated, Lord Apsu convened a
meeting with Tiamat and his vizier Mummu. Apsu was enraged, and made his loud voice heard.
' The ways of the younger
gods have become very grievous to me. By day I can find no rest, by night I cannot sleep, their noise is
persistent! I have tried to speak with
them, but they all ignore me. They will
not listen to my pleas for peace and quiet. I have no choice in remedies. I
must put an end to this clamor. I shall
deal with them only as I know how. I
will abolish them and their ways, and disperse them amongst the stars. Then shall peace prevail, so that we Ancient
Ones may finally sleep.'
When Tiamat heard her
husband's words, she became enraged. She
shouted back at Apsu,
'I do understand how you
feel, Apsu. Was it not I who first
asked you to speak with them? Was it
not my sleep they first disturbed? I do
not know what to do with them, but I do know that which you are planning is
evil! How can we allow that which we
ourselves created to perish? Yes, their
ways are rude, their manners are annoying, but we who made them must be patient
and understanding. In time, they will
grow weary and finally quiet down. Then
I, and all of Anduruna may once again rest.'
Mummu, the vizier, sided
with Lord Apsu. He leaned over and
whispered in the ear of Apsu,
'My Lord, I must advise you
to ignore Queen Tiamat's opinion in this matter, it is just her motherly nature
talking. You must proceed with your plans
for the destruction of the gods. They show no respect for your authority. They are unruly and bothersome both night
and day. Their behavior will never give
you any peace. Anduruna will never know
peace again. You must put an end to
their troublesome ways. Do this, so
that Tiamat may rest and sleep once again.'
Mummu's advice was ill
wished and ungracious, but nonetheless, Apsu smiled. For he secretly rejoiced at the evil he was planning for the
gods, his children. Mummu climbed upon
Apsu's lap and kissed him deeply and rapturously. Together they plotted further evils against the younger
gods. However, Apsu's courtiers to the
younger generation of gods relayed all the plotting between them.
When the younger gods heard
of Apsu's plans for them, they were stunned. Agitated, they paced back and forth, wondering what was to become of
them. Some of the young gods cried and
wailed. Others were shocked into
silence and remorse. All of them knew
their doom was at hand.
Enki, wisest and most
understanding and capable of the young gods, who knows everything, discovered
his great-grandfather's plot against the younger gods. He saw through their scheme, and devised a plan of his own.
He made for himself a sacred design of
everything, and laid it out to study correctly. Enki raised the powers of magic, and created a masterful
spell. It was superb in
cleverness. He cast a fog about the
young gods, so that they were not to be found by Apsu, and then he intoned his
supreme incantation and directed it to the deep abode of Apsu. He recited it again, and made it subsist
into the deep. Master Enki poured sleep
upon Apsu, and Mummu, the treacherous vizier, he made impotent to move.
Enki entered the deep and
bound the sleeping Apsu in chains; he removed his crown and halo and placed
them upon himself. When Enki had
claimed the symbols of kingship for himself, he held down Apsu and killed
him. He then imprisoned the vizier
Mummu, and led him about by a ring through his nose. Enki commanded Mummu to swear his allegiance, and Mummu did as he
When Enki had vanquished his
foes, he let out a wild triumphant cry, heard throughout all of Anduruna. The spell that he had cast was lifted, and
the gods came out of hiding. Enki
approached his father An, knelt before him, and spoke.
'Father An, I have slain
Great-Grandfather Apsu, begetter of us all. In addition, I have imprisoned Mummu, the conspirator. We are now free from their evil plot of
Enki then removed the halo
and the crown, and placed them upon An's head, he turned to the Assembly of
Gods and shouted.
'Behold, our new King! An, Father of us all. Our foes, the Ancient One and the
treacherous vizier are vanquished! An
is now your King. An, King of Anduruna
and the stars. An, King of the Sky. We are the Children of An, We are the
The Assembly of the Gods
rejoiced for their new King and for their newfound status.
Standing before the Puhur
Ilani - The Divine Assembly of the Gods, Lord An pronounced his first decree as
King of the Sky,
'Enki, arise before me. I, your Father, have created you to be the
wisest and most capable of the gods. You have proven yourself against our foes, the Ancient One and his vizier. You have conquered them by your mastery,
skill and cunning. I bestow upon you
Mastery of all Magic, you shall be the Lord of Wisdom and the Lord of the Sweet
Waters, our birthplace, the former abode of Apsu. You shall be known as Lord of the Lower Realms and Lord of the
Waters. Go now, unto the place where
Apsu lay, and make your new palace. Enki, Lord of Apsu.'
With that, Enki turned and
departed Anduruna for the Lower Realms of Apsu.
Enki made his abode upon the
fallen body of Apsu and the Sweet Waters that had once belonged to him. He called his new home 'Abzu', built to
honor his vanquished great-grandfather. There Enki built a splendid dwelling place and a magnificent temple, he
assigned chapels dedicated to his father An throughout the halls of his great
new palace. In addition, Enki took for
himself a lover, of the goddess Damgalnunna, and within their private residence in
the Abzu, they dwelt in splendor for the passing of an age…
Concludes the Tablet of Creation.