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SUMERIAN MYTHOLOGY

A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millennium B.C.

SAMUEL NOAH KRAMER

REVISED EDITION

University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia [1944, revised 1961]


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION. The Sources: the Sumerian Literary Tablets Dating from Approximately 2000 B. C
CHAPTER  
I. The Scope and Significance of Sumerian Mythology
II. Myths of Origins
  The Creation of the Universe
  The Organization of the Universe
  Enlil and Ninlil: the Begetting of Nanna
  The Journey of Nanna to Nippur
  Emesh and Enten: Enlil Chooses the Farmer god
  The Creation of the Pickax
  Cattle and Grain
  Enki and Ninhursag: the Affairs of the Water god
  Enki and Sumer: the Organization of the Earth and Its Cultural Processes
  Enki and Eridu: the Journey of the Water-god to Nippur
  Inanna and Enki: the Transfer of the Arts of Civilization from Eridu to Erech
  The Creation of Man
III. Myths of Kur
  The Destruction of Kur: the Slaying of the Dragon
  Inanna's Descent to the Nether World
IV. Miscellaneous Myths
  The Deluge
  The Marriage of Martu
  Inanna Prefers the Farmer
V. References and Notes
  Supplementary Notes
  Index

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