ABU
The Fifth Month

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Abu
(Av)
"Mound (over the passageway to the Netherworld)"

(1) Shearing ?
(3) ?
(4) Festival of Barley Consumption of Ningirsu
(5) Lamps/Braziers are lit
(6) ne-gir; the Braziers
(7) The Wool-workers of Ninazu
(8) Gleaning
(11e) The Shepherd ?

(BM) Regents of the Monthly Decans, Aries Vernal Equinox:
Pan, "Bow Star," Canis Major, Ea Way;
Maštabbagalgal, "Great Twins," Gemini, Anu Way;
[Ur-a, or Ur-gu-la, "Water-dog," or "Great Lion," Leo; in MB period onward]
[Bir, "The Kidney," part of Virgo or Carina and Vela, in MB period onward]
(in Taurus period regents of Tammuz)

1. (13) Abum Festival in 5th month (observance for the dead); (KL) Celebration of Harvest (Treading of New Wine)
2. (14) Oil for singers entering the bit kupri (part of longer ritual?); (KL) Celebration of Harvest
3. (KL) Celebration of Harvest; dailafatan (Venus)
4. (KL) Celebration of Harvest
5. (15) "substitute figure" (salam puhi) removed from display in Akkad (displayed since 14 Tammuzu); (KL) Celebration of Harvest
6. (KL) Celebration of Harvest
7. (KL) Celebration of Harvest; dailafatan (Venus)
8. (KL) Celebration of Harvest
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11. (5) beginning ? of ne-IZI-gar, "Lighting the Braziers" Festival
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14. (12d) Observances for Belet-apim and Nergal
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19. (BM) Ceremony containing plunging into a river, a mystery, and a ceremony for overcoming an adversary by placing a pašu of clay, on which is written the accuser's name, in coriander and casting it into the river
20. (BM) Day of Sorrow, not to cross river
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24. (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug
25. (4c) Malt Consumption Festival, four boats treated with oil - Dumuzi, "Lady-Sprinkled-with-Charm," Nanše, "Shining-Lady," Nindara, "Shrine-Abundance;" (BM) Day of Grief when an image of a Father is made, a prayer is said over it confessing the dead father's sins; (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug
26. (4c) Malt Consumption Festival, boats sent to destinations; (BM) Pouring out water to the souls of the dead, in a garden; do not eat fowl or die by headache and fever; (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug
27. (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug
28. (5) "Festival of the Ghosts" ?; (15) King performs Maqlu; (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug; kapharmisa
29. (PT) Incantations; (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug
30. (KL) Bathing in the Baths of Šarug

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