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The Tablet of the Elder Gods

The Tablet of the Elder Gods is based upon the Sumerian Myth known as 'Enki and the World Order'; it tells the tale of when the Earth was young, and the Great God Enki set about the newly formed land, decreeing the fates and destinies upon all creation. It also tells the tale of how the Anunnaki Gods received their Powers, and how the young Earth became a fertile Land.

The Tablet of the Elder Gods

('Enki and the World Order')

"When Father Enki does venture out into the seeded Land, it springs forth in brilliant bloom. When Father Enki blesses the fecund ewe, it gives birth to the lamb, when he blesses the fatted cow, it gives birth to the calf, when he blesses the swollen goat, it gives birth to the kid, when Father Enki ventures out to the cultivated field, he piles up heaps and mounds upon the high ground, and makes fertile the soil."

Enki, King of the Abzu, great in his majesty, speaks up with authority before the Anunnaki:

'My Father, the Holy King of the Universe, brought me into existence within the Universe. My ancestor, the King of All Lands, gathered together all the sacred Me's, and placed the Me's within my hand for safekeeping.'

'From the House of E-Kur, the House of Enlil, I brought cunning and craftsmanship to my Abzu of Eridu. I am the fertile seed, sired by the Wild Ox of Heaven, I am the first-born son of the Holy An. I am the great turbulence, the great storm, who goes forth from out of the great below.'

'I am the Lord of the Land. I am King of all the Chieftains.'

'I am the Father of all the Lands. I am the big brother of all the Anunnaki. I am he who bestows full prosperity to the people of the Land. I am the record keeper of Heaven and of Earth. I am the ear and the mind of all the Lands.'

'I am he who directs the course of justice with An the King of Heaven, from the Throne Room of Heaven. I am he who decrees the fate of the world with Enlil the King of Earth, deep in the Mountain of Wisdom. Enlil has placed within my hand the decreeing of the fates of the land of Dilmun, where the sun rises.'

'I am he to whom Nintu pays due homage. I am he whom Ninhursag has called a good name. I am the leader of the Anunnaki. I am he who has been born as the first son of the Holy An.'

After Enki, the Great Prince, had pronounced his praise, the Anunnaki drew before him in prayer and supplication:

'Great Lord who directs Craftsmanship, who makes the wise decision, the glorified one; Enki, be praised!'

For a second time, due to his great joy, Enki, King of the Abzu, in his majesty, addresses the Anunnaki and speaks up with authority:

'I am the Lord of All. I am the one whose command is unquestioned. I am the foremost in all creation. At my divine word the stalls have been built, the sheepfolds have been enclosed.'

'When I drew near to Heaven, a rain of prosperity poured down from Heaven. When I drew near the Earth, there was a great rising of waters. When I drew near to the green meadows of Earth, the heaps and mounds were piled up at my command.'

'I constructed my house, a shrine, in a pure deep place, I called it with a good name. I constructed my Holy Abzu, a shrine, in a pure deep place, I decreed a good fate for it.'

'My house, its' shade stretches over the snake-marsh. My house, gilded in gold and lapis, its' gardens full of honey-plants. The carp of the waters wave their tails to me. The swaying reeds wave in pleasant greeting. The sparrows chirp their sweet songs to me.'

'Sacred songs and spells filled my Abzu. The lofty marshland, my favorite spot, stretches out its' arms to me, bends its' neck to me. Sweet songs fill the air, causing the great rivers to rejoice.'

Enki, Lord of the Lands, first born son of the Holy An, then set his foot upon his magur-boat, the Ibex of the Abzu, and set sail to decree the destinies of all the Lands.

To the land of Dilmun he moored, to the land of Magan he moored, and piled up heaps of gold and silver upon the magur-boat to take to Nippur, home of Enlil, King of all the Lands. Along the way, to him who has no city, and to him who has no horse, Lord Enki presented cattle as a gift.

To Lord Enki, the Great Prince, who came forth in his Land, the Great Anunnaki pay due homage:

'Great Lord who rides the Great Me's, the pure Me's, who has charge of the Universe, the widespread, he who received the lofty sun-disk in Eridu, the pure place, the most precious place, Enki, Lord of the Universe, be praised!'

As Lord Enki, the Great Prince, proceeded through the Land, all the Lords, all the Chieftains, the incantation priests of Eridu, the linen-wearers of Sumer, performed the Holy incantations of the Abzu.

To Father Enki in the Holy Place, they direct their steps, in the princely house, they call his name, in the stations they call his name. In the lofty shrine, the Holy Abzu, they call his name.

The lahmu and lahamu of the sea, Enki's fifty, paid homage to him. The birds of heaven flew about his head, chirping sweet songs.

For the King, standing proudly upon his magur-boat, Father Enki in the Land, the Great Prince who came forth in his Land, prosperity prevailed in the Universe.

Enki Decrees the Fate of Sumer:

'Sumer, great mountain, country of the universe, filled with enduring light, dispensing the Me's to the people from sunrise to sunset. Your Me's are to be lofty Me's, unreachable. Your heart is profound, unfathomable. The enduring Land, your place where the Gods give birth, is untouchable like Heaven. The born King, who dons the enduring diadem, the born Lord, who puts crown on head, your Lord is an honored Lord, he sits with An the King of Heaven, upon the throne dais of Heaven. Your Holy King, Father Enlil, is the Great Mountain. The Holy Anunnaki, the Great Gods, have taken up their dwelling place in your midst, they eat their food in your tree-planted gardens. House, Sumer, may your stalls be built sturdy, may your cows multiply, may your many sheepfolds be erected, may your sheep be myriad, may your gardens reach skyward, may your enduring people lift their hands to Heaven. May the Anunnaki forever decree the fates in your midst.'

Enki proceeded then to the Shrine of Ur, Enki, King of the Abzu, decreed its' fate:

'City possessing all that is appropriate, water-washed, firm-standing Ox, Dais of the abundance of the highland, knees open, green like a mountain, He who is Lordly because of his might has directed your perfect Me's, Enlil, the Great Mountain, has pronounced your lofty name in the Universe. City whose fate has been decreed by Enlil, Shrine Ur, may you rise Heaven high.'

Enki proceeded to the land of Meluhha, Enki, King of the Abzu, decreed its' fate:

'Black Land, may your trees be large trees, may they be highland trees, may their thrones fill the royal palace, may your reeds be large reeds, may they be highland reeds, may the heroes in the place of battle wield their weapons, may your bulls be large bulls, may they be highland bulls, may their cry be the cry of highland wild bulls, may the Great Me's of the Gods be perfected for you, may your silver be gold, may your copper be tin and bronze, Great Land, may everything you have, increase, may your people multiply and fill the Land.'

After proclaiming the fates of the cities and lands, Enki, King of the Abzu, set forth assigning Rulerships to the Anunnaki Gods, to the Land of Dilmun he proceeded.

Enki cleansed and purified the Land of Dilmun, and placed Ninsikilla in charge of it.

To the Lands of Elam and Marhashi, Enki set his face, these were destined to be devoured like fish. The King Enki, upon whom Enlil had bestowed might, destroyed their houses, destroyed their walls. Their precious metal and lapis lazuli and the contents of their storehouses, he brought to Nippur for Enlil - the King of all the Lands.

After he had cast his eye from that spot, Father Enki went to the Euphrates and made it fertile, he then went to the Tigris, and lifted his manhood over the waters, and made them fertile as well, filling the Tigris with sparkling water. The Tigris surrendered to him, as to a rampant bull, he lifted his manhood, brought the bridal gift, brought joy to the Tigris, like a big wild bull, Enki rejoiced in its' giving birth. The water he brought is sparkling water, its wine tastes sweet, the grain he brought, its' checkered grain, the people eat it, he filled the E-Kur, the House of Enlil, with possessions, with Enki, Enlil rejoices, Nippur is delighted.

The Lord donned the Diadem for Lordship, put on the enduring Tiara for Kingship, trod the ground on his left side, prosperity came forth out of the Earth for him. After he had placed the scepter in his right hand, in order to make the Tigris and Euphrates eat together, he who utters the eternal word in accordance with his will, the Lord who decrees the fate, Enki, King of the Abzu, Enuggi, the inspector of canals, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki called upon the marshland, placed in it carp and many fishes, he called forth the canebrake, placed in it reeds and green grasses. He issued a challenge…He whose net no fish escapes, whose trap no animal escapes, whose snare no bird escapes, the son of the wild, a God who loves fish, Enki placed in charge of them.

The Lord erected a shrine, a Holy Shrine - its' heart is profound, erected a shrine in the sea, a Holy Shrine - its' heart is profound, the shrine - its' midst is known to no one, the shrine - its' station is the constellation Iku (Orion). The Anunnaki came with prayer and supplication, for Enki in the E-Engurra they set up a lofty throne dais.

Enki proceeded to the sea and called forth She who is the inundation of the Deep, who soothes the sea-bird and the lil-fish, who comes out of the deep Zipag (Abyss), the Lady of Sirar, Mother Nanshe, of the sea, of its' hidden places, Holy Daughter of the Lord, he placed in charge.

Enki went forth and called the two rains, the waters of heaven, aligned them like floating clouds, drove their breath of life toward the horizon, turned the hilly ground into fertile fields, Him who rides the great storm, who attacks with lightning, who closes the Holy Bolt in the heart of Heaven, the son of An, the Lord of the Universe, Ishkur, the son of An, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki directed the plow and the yoke, the Great Prince Enki put the horned oxen in the fields, opened the holy furrows, made grow the grain in the cultivated field. The Lord who dons the Diadem, the robust, the farmer of Enlil, Enkimdu, the man of ditch and dike, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki called forth the cultivated field, put there the checkered grain, heaped up the grain into piles, Enki multiplied the heaps and mounds, with Enlil he spread wide the abundance in the Land. Enki called forth She whose head and side are dappled, whose face is honey-covered, the Lady, the Procreatress, the Vigor of the Land, the life of the black-headed people (humans), Ashnan, the nourishing bread, the bread of all life, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki, the great Prince, called forth the pickax, then directed the brick-mold, Him whose crushing pickax-tooth is a snake devouring the corpses, whose brick-mold directs the building of Temples, Shrines and Cities, Kulla, the brick-maker of the Land, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki, the Great Prince, constructed the stalls, directed the purification rites, erected sheepfolds, put within them the best fat and milk, brought joy to the dining halls of the Gods, in the vegetable kingdom he made prosperity prevail. The trustworthy provider of the House of E-Anna, the Friend of An, the beloved son-in-law of the valiant Nanna, the husband of Holy Inanna, the Lady, the Queen of all the Great Me's, who repeatedly, commands the procreation of the Land, Dumuzi, the divine ushumgal of Heaven, the Friend of An, Enki placed in charge of them.

Enki filled the E-Kur, the House of Enlil, with possessions, Enlil rejoiced with Enki, Nippur was joyous, he fixed the borders of the Lands, demarcated them with boundary stones, Lord Enki, for the Anunnaki, erected dwelling places within the cities, he set up fields for them in the countryside, the Hero, the Bull who comes forth from the forest, who roars lion-like, the valiant Utu, the Bull who stands secure, who proudly displays his power, the father of the great city, the place where the sun rises, the great herald of Holy An, the Judge, the decision-maker of the Gods, who wears a lapis beard, who comes forth from the Holy Heaven, the Light of Heaven, Utu, son of Ningal, Enki placed in charge of the entire Universe.

Lord Enki wove the cloth for garments, directed the loom, Enki perfected greatly that which is woman's task, for Enki, the people donned their new garments, the Tiara of the Palace, the Jewel of the King, Uttu, the trustworthy woman, the joyous, Enki placed in charge of them.

Then alone, having abandoned her royal scepter, the woman, the maid Inanna having abandoned the royal scepter, Inanna, to her Lord Enki, enters his house, and humbly weeping, utters a complaint:

' The Anunnaki, the Great Gods - their Fate Enlil placed firmly in your hand, Me, the woman, why did you treat differently? I, the Holy Inanna, where are my prerogatives? Ninhursag, Enlil's sister, Nintu, Queen of theMountain, has taken for herself her Holy Crown of Ladyship, has carried off for herself her holy, pure ala-vessel, she has become the midwife of the Land, in her hand you have placed the born King, the born Lord.'

'That sister of mine, the Holy Ninissina, has taken for herself the bright unu, has become the heirodule of An, has stationed herself near An, she utters the word which fills the Heaven.'

'That sister of mine, the Holy Ninmug, has taken for herself the gold chisel and the silver hammer, has become the metalworker of the Land, the born King, who dons the enduring diadem, the born Lord who puts crown on head, you have placed in her hand.'

'That sister of mine, the Holy Nissaba, has taken for herself the measuring rod, has fastened the lapis lazuli line on her arm, proclaims all the Great Me's, fixes the borders, marks off boundaries - has become the scribe of the Land, in her hands you have placed the Food of the Gods.'

'Nanshe, the Lady of the Sea, the Holy Lords fall at her feet, she has become the fishery inspector of the sea, fish, tasty and plump she presents to her Lord Enlil.'

'Me, the woman, why did you treat so differently? I, Holy Inanna, where are my prerogatives?'

Enki, Lord of Wisdom, answered Inanna's question:

'Enlil has adorned the bridal altar of Kings for you, you wear there the garment for the might of the young lad, you have established the words spoken by the young lad, you have taken charge of the crook, staff, and wand of shepherdship, Maid Inanna, what, what more shall we add to you?'

'Battles and onslaughts - of their oracles you give answer, in their midst, you who are not untruthful, give an unfavorable answer, you twist the straight thread, Maid Inanna, you also straighten the twisted thread, you have fashioned garments, you wear garments, you have woven cloth, you have threaded the spindle, in your hands have you dyed the many-colored thread.'

'Inanna, you have destroyed the indestructible, you have made perish that which was imperishable, you silenced Heaven with the timbrel of lament, Maid Inanna, you returned the holy hymns to their house. You whose admirers do not grow weary to look at, Maid Inanna, you who know not the distant wells, the fastening ropes, Lo, the inundation has come, the Land is restored, the inundation of Enlil has come, the Land is restored.'

'Maid Inanna, be happy with your lot, for the throne of Heaven awaits.'

Thus Concludes the Tablet of the Elder Gods.

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