TAŠRITU
The Seventh Month

(Tishri)

"Beginning"



(1) Zanarum and the zannaru-lyre
(3) ?
(4) When Ningirsu enters his New House of Antasura
(4c) The Lion/ Festival of Sulgi
(5) The Sacred Mound
(10a) a-ki-ti of Seeding/Festival of the Boat of Light
(11) g) My-Lady-of-the-Palace

(Bm) Regents of the Monthly Decans, Aries Vernal Equinox.
Ninmah, "Star of Goddess Ninmah," Carina (?) or Hydra. Ea Way.
Zibanitu, "The Scales," Libra. Anu Way.
Entena-mas-guz, "Boar Star," Centaurus. Enlil Way.
(in Taurus period stars of Elulu)



Special rules for the first nine days of Tisri (from Bm pp. 101-104; A = Old Assyrian, B = Asurbanipal (7th century b.c.e.), C = notes from other sources)

Day 1

A. On the first of (Tisri) one may not face a heavy wind on the plain or the hallula-demoness will wed him. Onions he may not eat or a scorpion will sting him. Flesh of the tumanu pig one may not eat, it is an abomination to Enlil.

B. One may not enter the house of a wine-merchant, for judgement will be rendered him. Let him set for offerings to Ea and it shall be received.

C. Offerings to Enlil, Ninlil, and Nusku.

Day 2

A. If one eats onions an old man in the family will die. Fennel and watercress, cooked meat, and flesh of oxen, goats, and swine not to be eaten; all these rules if broken incur hatred, ulcers, and asthma. One may not descend into a well or ascend to the roof of a house.

B. (Same as above)

C. Fish not to be eaten, and the King must make offerings to Enlil and his own God. Unlucky day.

Day 3

A. If one eat fish he will be disgraced and his abode will collapse upon him. One may not stand where asses have roamed, nor irrigate a field of sesame, nor come nigh a woman. If one eats dates he will fall ill with rikitu-disease, and if he traps birds his storehouse will not prosper.

B. (Same as above)

C. If one frees a trapped bird he will be released from his trouble, the King must make offerings to Enlil and his own God and wash his garment. One may not eat fish.

Day 4

A. One may not cross a river, eat fowl, dates, and onions. A trapped bird must be released. One may not ride out to a village, nor eat flesh of oxen, goats, and swine, nor stand where asses have roamed.

B. (Same as above)

C. Eating fish is forbidden and the King must make offerings to Enlil and his own God. The trapped bird one must set free.

Day 5

A. Eating fennel and watercress, flesh of swine, roasted flesh, flesh of oxen and goats is forbidden. One may not stand behind a mortar. If one eats dates he will have palsy; one may not descend into a garden nor irrigate a field of sesame. He shall not descend into a garden, for the God Igisigsig, Gardener of Enlil, would smite him. He shall not eat lovage and watercress, for the siku-disease would seize him. Where a mortar has been laid one may not stand, for he will fall sick with sagallu disease.

B. (Same as first two sentences above)

C. Lucky day. The King must set forth offerings to Enlil and to his own God. One may not eat lovage.

Day 6

A. One may not come nigh a woman, ascend to a roof, descend into a well or garden, nor enter a laundry (bit musati). He may not cross a meadow, stand where a mortar has been laid, nor stand where asses have roamed. If one goes to law he will commit a transgression; he may not enter a laundry, for the spy demon will smite him; he may not eat flesh of the ham, for a curse will seize him.

B. (Same as first two sentences above)

C. Lucky day. The King must set forth his offering to his God and Goddess. On this day the King must show an act of mercy and he will then prevail over his adversary.

Day 7

A. One may not eat the flesh of the tumanu pig. Where a mortar has been laid or where asses have roamed one may not stand; he may not cross a place flooded by a levee, leap over a rivulet, walk in the road, enter villages, descend into a well, enter a laundry, ascend to a roof or descend into a garden, cross a river, or walk on a littoral marsh; he may not irrigate a field of sesame; in his house let him wail and mourn. He may not meet the Grain-Goddess on the plain (meaning "not face the wind" ?). He may not eat figs, but wail and mourn in his house, then will Ninlil intercede for him with Enlil. He may not take an oath. One may not eat anything at all, it is an abomination to the God Uras and the Goddess Ninegal. If he takes an oath, God will seize him.

B. (Duplicates the above except for the final two sentences from a different source)

C. The King may not ride in a boat, nor face a strong wind; may not cross a river or leap over a rivulet; must recite a penitential psalm; he may not eat dove, chicken, fish, lovage, and the owner of a garden may not eat the root of lovage or he will become blind. One may not sleep in his bed-chamber. The King must set forth offering to Ninlil. Lucky at Lawsuits.

Day 8

A. Day of Gladness, day of Enlil. The minister in attendance on the Prince shall purge himself, wash and cleanse himself. Let one fill his house and make glad. One shall not go to a strange woman, but to his beloved. The King shall purge and cleanse himself; he shall make a gift to his God, and pour out a libation; set forth an offering to his God, and so Ninegal will intercede for him with Uras.

B. (Same as latter part of above)

C. King sets forth offering to his God. Half the day is lucky.

Day 9

A. The King sacrifices to the constellation "She-Goat" (Head of Capricorn), sets forth offerings to her (Gula as Goddess of the constellation), and extols her in Heaven and Earth. All the year sickness shall not come nigh him.

B. (text lost)

C. Lucky day for lawsuits. The King sets forth offering to Nusku (God of the New Moon).



1.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding, Great Offering; (10a) a-ki-ti of Seeding; Festival of the Boat of Light; (10d) a-ki-ti of Dumuzi of Badtibira in 7th month; (15) ablutions in Assyria for Sin; (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk;

2.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding;(9a) Great Offering to Inanna in Eanna (possibly lasts until 19th); (15) ablutions in Assyria for Samas; (KL) al-dhahbana;

3.(4c) beer and flour for es-es Festival; Offerings for Sulgi's deified Stela;(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; (15) kettledrum performance before the Gods in Assyria; Bel dressed for festival in Babylon; (KL) fudi 'ilahi;

4.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding;(KL) 'ilati fudi;

5.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding;(KL) Feast of the Lots;

6.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; (14) Oil for Lustrations; (15) ablutions in Assyria for Anu; (the following quotes for (15) are the continuation of the ritual partially described on days 16 - 26 of the previous month; they seem to refer to an Akitu of the 7th month in Assyria) '...their rites (the Gods'?) are established;' Gate of Esagil is kept open in Babylon, Bel (Marduk) sets out "like in the month Nisannu;" (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk;

7.(4c) Regular offerings for es-es Festival;(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; (8) essesu observances (pouring water into the bowl); (14) Day before kinunu-Festival,(7th day of 7th month); (15) 'the bath of .... is when he opened the Great Gods;' (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk;

8.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; Great Offering; (14) Beginning of kinunu-Festival; (15) 'the 8th day, when the King wears the crown, is (when) he took [kingship] and sat on the royal throne;' (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk;

9.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; Great Offering; (14) kinunu-Festival; (15) 'having cut off his head and attained [his desire], he bathed in water and donned the (royal) garb;'

10.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; (14) kinunu-Festival; (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk;

11.(7) a-ki-ti of Seeding; Great Offering; (14) kinunu-Festival; (PT) Akitu of Anu in Uruk/ Incantations;

12.(14) kinunu-Festival;

13.(14) kinunu-Festival;

14.(14) kinunu-Festival'

15.(8) essusu observances (pouring water into the bowl); (14) kinunu-Festival;

16.(14) kinunu-Festival;(PT) Incantations;

17.(14) kinunu-Festival;(PT) Sacrificial meal of Papsukkal;

18.(14) Last ? day of kinunu-Festival;

19.(9a) Great Offering to Inanna in Eanna;

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22.(9a) Festival of the Boat of An;

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25.(KL) Feast of Pregnancy;

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27.(5) du-ku, "Sacred Mound" Festival; goats offered; (15) "Sacred Mound" festival in Assyria;

28.(5) du-ku, "Sacred Mound" Festival;

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