HYMNS AND PRAYERS TO ZABABA AND BABA/BAU
1. Zababa; STH no. 35
e nam-he-a du-a kis me-nam-nun-na sag-ili
a-dam ki-gar-ra temen-gal-zu sag nu-di
ki-sa-a-zu muru dagal-tag-ga an-sa-ge diri
sa-zu tukul meddu a-dar se-er-ka-an ba-ni-in-du
zi-da-zu kur dub-bu gab-bu-zu erim sal-e
nun-zu u-ru-mah u-gal ki-us-sa ni-hus-gal ri-a
e-kisiba lugal-zu ur-sag za-ba-ba
e-kis mus-za e bi-in-gub bara-za dur bi-in-gar
House, built in plenitude, Kis, lifting head in princeship,
Habitat, firmly founded, your great foundation cannot be scattered,
Your enclosure is a heavy cloud, spreading wide, floating in the midst of the sky,
Your interior a mace, a meddu-weapon, beautifully adorned with .....
Your right hand causes the mountain to tremble, your left lays low the enemy,
Your prince mighty and august, a great storm, which presses the earth clad in terrifying awe,
Ekisiba, your Lord, the warrior Zababa,
Has, O House Kis, placed the House upon your mus, has taken his place on your dais.
The House of Zababa in Kis.
2. Nebuchadnezzar's prayer to Zababa
HP, p. 513.
O Zababa, my Lord, whose weapon is irresistable and whose engagement is strong, look joyfully and with favour upon the work of my hands, and grant me perpetual life and the satisfaction of great age; conquer the unruly, kill my adversary! In the presence of Marduk, King of the Heavens and the Earth, let these words be in your mouth: "May Nebuchadnezzar be the Provider of our Sanctuaries!"
STH no. 21
uru-ku es numun-i-i-an-ku-ga mu-du-ga sa-a
sa-zu i-lu-ru-gu lu-zi dadag-ge
e-galga-su erin-ku za-gin-na gi-sa-se ak-a
e-tar-sir-sir es-bar me-i-i mes-e kiri-su-gal
nun-zu nun-sa-la-su-kalam-ma ama-kur-kur-ra
nin a-zu-gal-sag-gi-ga nam-uru-na tar-re
dumu-sag-an-ku-ga ki-sikil ama ba-ba
e-uru-ku mus-za e bi-in-gub bara-za dur bi-in-gar
Uruku, shrine which causes the seed to come forth, belonging to the holy An, called by a good name,
Within you the River of Ordeal which vindicates the just man,
House of Broad Counsel, storehouse which eternally possesses silver and lapis lazuli,
Etarsirsir, from whom decision and Me come forth, where the man greets the Goddess,
Your Princess, the merciful princess of the Land, the Mother of All lands,
The Lady, the Great Healer of the Sumerians, who determines the destiny of her city,
The first-born daughter of the Holy An, the Maiden, Mother Baba,
Has, O House Uruku, placed the House upon your mus, has taken her place on your dais.
The House of Baba in Uruku.
SH no. 10 (pp. 139-142)
me-er-ra-mu-de a-ba mu-un-sed-de
me-er-ra-mu-de gasan-mu ba-ba-men
ama aba-ba-men me-er-ra-mu-de
gasan-mu gasan-sikil-la-men me-er-ra-mu-de
nab dumu-sag-an-na-men me-er-ra-mu-de
dumu-ku gasan-MAR -men me-er-ra-mu-de
egi lama-e-sa-ba-men me-er-ra-mu-de
es e-ninnu me-er-ra-mu-de
EDEN.BAR-lagas -men me-er-ra-mu-de
ib-ba na-am-uru-ni im-me-ir-ra-mu
ib-ba na-am-e-ni im-me-ir-ra-mu
a uru-mu a e-mu im-mi-du -ga-ta
a dam-mu a dumu-mu im-mi-du -ga-ta
e gu gi-a mu-un-de-de-e
a-se-er gi-a mu-un-de-de-e mu-un-mar-ra-ta
gasan ki-mar-mar-ra i-su-su-ge-es
me-er-ra e-lum-e su ba-an-gi
umun mu-ul-lil-la su ba-an-gi
u-u ba-ab-be u-u ba-ab-be ir DU na nam ur-re
e-mu gul-la-bi er na-am-ma-ni sa-kus-u
uru-mu gul-la-bi er na-am-ma-ni sa-kus-u
tur-gul-gul-la-bi er na-am-ma-ni sa-kus-u
amas-bu-bu-ra-bi er na-am-ma-ni sa-kus-u
e-a ge-le-em-ma-ni er na-am-ma-ni a-ba
sa-zu he-en-hun-e bar-zu he-en-sed-de
umun di-ku-mah-am sa-zu he-en-hun-e
umun-e-rab-di-di sa-zu he-en-hun-e
gasan-tin-u-ba sa-zu he-en-hun-e
gasan-I-si-in -na sa-zu he-en-hun-e
gasan-e-gal-mah sa-zu he-en-hun-e
gasan-e-rab-di-di sa-zu he-en-hun-e
gasan-mu ba-ba-mu sa-zu he-en-hun-e
egi ama ba-ba sa-zu he-en-hun-e
ba-ba nu-nuz-sa-ga sa-zu he-en-hun-e
mu-gi-ib gasan-an-na sa-zu he-en-hun-e
er-sem-ma-nin-tin-ug-ga-ke er-sem-ma mu-tin
When I am angry, who can calm me?
When I am angry, you are my Baba. When
I am angry, who can calm me?
Mother Ababa are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
The genie of the Eanna are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
My Lady, Ninsikila, are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
Nab, the first-born of An, are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
The exalted Princess of the throne are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
The Holy Child, Ninmara, are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
The Princess, the genie of the Esabba are you.
When I am angry, who can calm me?
Eudul of Urukug, when I am angry, who can calm me?
Shrine Eninnu, when I am angry, who can calm me?
The EDEN.BAR of Lagas are you. When I am angry, who can calm me?
My anger because of the pillaging of her city!
My anger because of the pillaging of her house!
While uttering, "Oh my city! Oh my house!"
While uttering, "Oh my spouse! Oh my child!"
At the house she pours out cries in the night.
She pours out sighing in the night. After (her bitterness)
(I) stand (before) the Lady.
In his anger the Honored One has dealt kindly with me.
In his anger the Great Mountain has dealt kindly with me, the Lord Enlil has dealt kindly with me.
I say, "Woe!" I say, "Woe!" for those who have been taken away - it is over this - I do not rejoice.
My destroyed house! Tears on her behalf, heart felt sighs on her behalf!
My ruined city! Tears on her behalf, heart felt sighs on her behalf!
Its destroyed cattle pens! Tears on her behalf, heart felt sighs on her behalf!
Its destroyed sheepfolds! Tears on her behalf, heart felt sighs on her behalf!
His destroying of the house!Tears on her behalf, heart felt sighs on her behalf!
May he pacify your heart! May he calm your liver!
May the Lord Dikumah pacify your heart!
May the Lord of the Erabdidi pacify your heart!
Nintinugga, may he pacify your heart!
Ninisina, may he pacify your heart!
Lady of the Egalmah, may he pacify your heart!
Lady of the Erabdidi, may he pacify your heart!
My Lady, my Baba, may he pacify your heart!
After, Mother Baba, may he pacify your heart!
Baba, Beautiful Woman, may he pacify your heart!
Hierodule Inanna, may he pacify your heart!
An ersemma of Nintinugga. The ersemma (for the Lamentation) mu-tin nu-nuz dim-ma.