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If you're looking for a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, then keep reading....
The civilizations that grew up in the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys many thousands of years ago have left important legacies: agriculture, mathematics, astronomy, the wheel, and writing.
This present volume of Mesopotamian myths is divided into three sections. The first of these contains creation myths, the most extended of which is the Enuma Elish, or Babylonian creation story. In this myth, the god Marduk does battle with the dragon Tiamat, and from her body and that of her second-in-command, he creates the world. The story of Atrahasis involves not original creation but re-creation, since this is the myth of the Great Flood that the gods send to wash everything away. Etana’s tale is less cosmic in nature than the preceding two stories: the act of creation involved is Etana’s attempt to have a child and thus an heir to his throne.
The deeds and foibles of the Mesopotamian gods are on display in the second section, in stories that inform us about the characters of these divinities and which contain themes that tell us something about Mesopotamian concepts of cosmic order. In the first story, the goddess Ishtar decides to visit the Underworld where the goddess Ereshkigal holds sway. When Ereshkigal worries that Ishtar plans to supplant her, she sets a trap that holds Ishtar prisoner until she is rescued. Ereshkigal’s deed has cosmic implications: since Ishtar is a fertility goddess, her imprisonment means that procreation on Earth is suspended.
Mesopotamian Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Myths, you'll find the following Sumerian myths and topics covered:
Tales of gods and goddesses
Selections from the Epic of Gilgamesh
And much more!
So if you want a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, listen to this audiobook!