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BBR Ritualtafeln 31-38

(copies, transliteration and translation, Zimmern, BBR nos. 31-38 (pp. 139-144; see there for tablet numbers))



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šadanu-stone..........................................................................

mušgaru-stone, grey-stone................................................................

dušu-stone, silver-stone, gold-stone, copper-stone,..............-stone.........

5. ............. best Oil, fine-oil, Cedar-oil, Honey, Butter................ you should prepare,

white wool, grey wool, bluish wool you shall tie to his throat,

........................................ you should close the door. While you close it..............

you shall recite the incantation: ".................King of Bright Heaven and Earth, the Fixer....." three times.

Bring Censer, Torch, Holy-water pot to him,

10. and wash him with Holy-water. Beside the offering spill Holy water,

offer Cedar, place Cypress, offer Sesame-wine,

scatter a heap of meal over the Holy-water pot,

recite the incantation: "Forest of Evergreen Trees, of Cedars," three times,

...................... of Azag-šud and Ninahakuddu

15. say in front of the Holy-water pots three times

........................ House of Nisaba say three times,

.................... in front of the Holy-water pots prepare the offering,

a lamb-offering, a censer loaded with Cypress,

offer Sesame-wine, raise your hand and

20. say the incantation: "Holy Water, Water Brought from the Tigris,"

three times in front of the Holy-water pots. Prostrate yourself in front of them.

You should go towards the ........... -House. Set up an altar facing the river.

In the House of Craftsmen, where they have made the God,

you should spill Holy water beside the offering for Ea, Marduk and the God concerned.

25. Set up 3 censers with Cypress, offer Sesame-wine,

perform the Washing of the Mouth and the Opening of the Mouth of the God concerned.

Bring censer, torch to him; wash him in the Holy-water pot,

and say to the God concerned:



three times thus you should say and prostrate yourself before him. Take the hand of the God. Let him lead the sheep.

The incantation: "You Who by Your Essence, by Your Great Essence,"

say, from the House of the Craftsmen to the River in front of the God, under torchlight.

35. ............................... the Craftsmen, as they ........... the God concerned..........

.............................. the gear to the side of the God from the Field......................

......................... you shall prepare an offering on the bank of the river.

You should place the God on a pedestal, within a reed-hut,

.............. set up an altar for Ea and Marduk,

40. .............. scatter dates, a.ter-meal,

pour a mixture of honey and butter,

.................. set there, offer a lamb-offering,

..................... stir, offer and prostrate yourself.

Set up a censer with Cypress, offer Sesame-wine,

45. ...................... an axe, a ..............., a....................

........................... sheep............................................

............................................... you shall lay.....................

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............................................ wash his mouth..................

.............................................. say to him here.....................

....................................... in front of Ea you should remove the offering,

5. ..........................................................within the reed-hut, the urigallê

you should place the God concerned on a pedestal with a ........... cloth.

Set his eyes to the east and at the side of the Image

in the middle of the reed-hut and the urigallê the gear of the God, as they are,

and the gear of the Craftsmen lay there, and then kneel.

10. For Anu, Bel, Ea, Sin, Šamaš,

Adad, Marduk, Gula, Nindaranna,

you should set up 9 censers to the eveningstar. Prepare an offering,

a lamb-offering, offer Sesame-wine.

Perform the Washing of the Mouth and the Opening of the Mouth, then remove the offering.

15. For Sirtu, Azag-šud, Ninahakuddu, Ninkurra,

Ninagal, Guškin-banda, Nin-igi-nangar-gid, Nin-zadim, and the God concerned

you should prepare 9 censers, speak their names,

offer and lamb-offering, perform the Washing of the Mouth and the Opening of the Mouth.

In the morning, inside the reed-hut, for Ea, Šamaš and Marduk

20. set up 3 chairs............................. cover, lay a linen cloth thereover,

erect 3 offering-tables, and scatter dates, a.ter-meal,

smear with a mixture of honey and butter,

an adagur-jar with premium beer, milk................ filled,

you should set up ................... good reed and...................

25. 6.............. you should fill with Sesame-wine...............

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.............................................. Ea, Šamaš and Marduk,

...............................................Ea, Šamaš and Marduk,

5. ................................. these in front of Šamaš................

For Azag-šud, Ninahakuddu, Ninkurra,

Ninagal, Guškin-banda, Nin-igi-nangar-gid,

Ninzadim you should set up a censer with Cypress,

sacrifice a lamb-offering, libate Sesame-wine,

10. and perform the Washing of the Mouth and the Opening of the Mouth.

Bring to him a censer, torch,

wash him in the Holy-water pot, ...................... and then you should kneel.

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1. ........................ you should remove....................

............................... you should remove.......................

.......................Ninahakuddu you should remove........................

.............................you should remove..........................................

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.................... you should set up, sacrifice a lamb-offering,

present shoulder portion, fatty-tissue, and roast meat,

5. ...................... libate honey. The mašmašu should stand to the side of the God concerned,

say the incantation: "......................Image," and prostrate himself.

Perform the Washing of the Mouth and the Opening of the Mouth,

.......................you should say the incantation: "Brilliant Image, Ornament of Perfection."

.................................. and favor..........................................................

10. .............................. thus you should speak to the God concerned.

............................ beer, roastbread.......................

............................................... you should libate.................

......................... your Destiny of Divinity.........................................

...................your ........................................... you should...........................

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.......................... nap-še-ir....................................

................................you should libate.........................................

................ the Craftsmen, as they have purified the God concerned .........................

20. Azag-šud, Ninahakuddu, Ninkurra, Ninagal, Guškin-banda,

Nin-gig-nangar-gid, Nin-zadim you should stand them.



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