The temple hymns: c.4.80.1
O E-igi-kalama (House which is the eye of the Land), your foundation is firmly laid, growing hill which stands broadly on the earth, …… the enemies’ land, (3 lines fragmentary) (approx. 1 line missing)…… has erected a house in your precinct, O ……, and taken a seat upon your dais.

The temple hymns: c.4.80.1
O Dēr (Akkadian name; a Sumerian name is unknown), taking extreme care of decisions, ……, on your awesome and radiant gate a decoration displays a horned viper and a mušḫuš embracing. Your prince, a leader of the gods, fit for giving counsel and grand speech, the son of Uraš who knows thoroughly the true divine powers of princeship, Ištaran, the …… sovereign of heaven, has erected a house in your precinct, O E-dim-gal-kalama (House which is the great pole of the Land), and taken his seat upon your dais.

The temple hymns: c.4.80.1
O E-ĝiškešda-kalama (House which is the bond of the Land), bull …… great strength among the gods, terrifying wild cow, wild bull which causes lament, Gudua, your quay is a low quay which bestows water, your interior is artfully built, your mace is a …… mace released from heaven, your platform is a lustrous platform spreading over Mešlam. Your prince, the mighty god, the sovereign of Mešlam, the fierce god of the underworld, the sovereign of Ud-šuš (Sunset), Nergal, Mešlamta-ea, has erected a house in your precinct, and taken his seat upon your dais.

An adab to Nergal for Šu-ilīšu (Šu-ilīšu A): c.2.5.2.1
Powerful (?) lord of his own father, entrusted with authority, Nergal, the lord whom Nunamnir has entrusted authority! Šu-ilīšu will forever pray to you in the shrine E-mešlam for his long life and good health.

An adab (?) to Nergal for Šulgi (?) (Šulgi U): c.2.4.2.21
Hero, wild bull with thick horns, …… like a cow, your terrifying name lets loose awe and fear. You fall on the rebel lands like the south wind. You are a bolt on the broad extent of the mountains. When you sit in E-mešlam, your desires are joyously fulfilled (?). The people assemble at your feet.

 
Enlil and Ninlil: c.1.2.1
Enlil spoke to the man at the city gate: “City gatekeeper! Keeper of the barrier! Porter! Keeper of the holy barrier! When your lady Ninlil comes, if she asks after me, don’t tell her where I am!” Ninlil addressed the city gatekeeper: “City gatekeeper! Keeper of the barrier! Porter! Keeper of the holy barrier! When did your lord Enlil go by?” She spoke to him; Enlil answered as the city gatekeeper: “My lord has not talked with me at all, O loveliest one. Enlil has not talked with me at all, O loveliest one.” “I will make clear my aim and explain my intent. You can fill my womb once it is empty — Enlil, lord of all the lands, has had sex with me! Just as Enlil is your lord, so am I your lady!” “If you are my lady, let my hand touch your ……!” “The seed of your lord, the bright seed, is in my womb. The seed of Suen, the bright seed, is in my womb.” “My master’s seed can go up to the heavens! Let my seed go downwards! Let my seed go downwards, instead of my master’s seed!” Enlil, as the city gatekeeper, got her to lie down in the chamber. He had intercourse with her there, he kissed her there. At this one intercourse, at this one kissing he poured the seed of Nergal-Mešlamta-ea into her womb.

An adab (?) to Nergal for Šulgi (?) (Šulgi U): c.2.4.2.21
Mešlamta-ea, your supremacy in the rebel lands! You have encircled the rebel lands, O youth. Nergal, your supremacy in the rebel lands!

A šir-namgala to Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era for Ibbi-Suen (Ibbi-Suen B): c.2.4.5.2
(2 lines fragmentary) …… encouragement, your heart ……. Mešlamta-ea, faraway …….

A šir-namgala to Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era for Ibbi-Suen (Ibbi-Suen B): c.2.4.5.2
They are the lords for whom An and Enlil have determined their destiny. When everything had been brought into existence in heaven and earth, their destiny greatly ……. Enlil granted ……. …… of the princes, my Ibbi-Suen! …… is great, a great wall which …… the foreign lands. Perfecting the great divine powers, he, the son of Enlil, …… the wicked like Lugal-era. In his august power Mešlamta-ea greatly, in his august power he greatly ……. When he opens his mouth ……, eradicating the foreign lands, …… he heaps up the enemies in piles. In his august power Lord Lugal-era greatly, in his august power he greatly ……, …… a favourable sign. They are kings ……. They are …… sparing …… (1 line fragmentary) (unknown no. of lines missing)

A šir-namgala to Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era for Ibbi-Suen (Ibbi-Suen B): c.2.4.5.2
Its divine powers ……. The seven divine powers, …… grandly established, adorned with the divine powers by the prince in the abzu, the prince …… adorned ……. The warrior qualities of Mešlamta-ea and Lord Lugal-era …… in the foreign lands; their greatness shines forth to the outer limits of heaven and earth, to the outer limits of heaven and earth.

A šir-namgala to Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era for Ibbi-Suen (Ibbi-Suen B): c.2.4.5.2
Their power is a storm which could eradicate the Land. Mešlamta-ea and Lord Lugal-era, it is sweet to praise you!

A šir-namgala to Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era for Ibbi-Suen (Ibbi-Suen B): c.2.4.5.2
A šir-namgala of Mešlamta-ea and Lugal-era.

A hymn to Nergal (Nergal B): c.4.15.2
Hero, majestic, awe-inspiring son of Enlil, battering like a storm and roaring against the rebel lands! Immense at his front, at his rear surging as a flood, after he ……, …… this place; Lord Mešlamta-ea inspiring terrifying awe, his …… not releasing the hostile land, his luxuriant horn …… in the Land, struck …… with weapons.
A tigi to Nergal (Nergal C): c.4.15.3
(1 line fragmentary) (2 lines missing) (1 line fragmentary)…… heroism, …… Uzarpara (?), the shrine ……, you are Mešlamta-ea, ……. Nergal, lord, you are the Enlil of his Land. Like Alla (?), you have no rival. Like Ištaran, it has been given to you to reach correct judgments.

A tigi to Nergal (Nergal C): c.4.15.3
Enlil, shepherd of the black-headed, has given you as your name “Lord who leads away the enemies of Enlil, avenger of his father, strong hero”. The gods have determined your fate. They have given …… to you. On earth you are ……, in heaven you are ……. Because of your noise no god opposes you. Just young man who …… the plague, provider for the place Lagaš, Mešlamta-ea, may people praise you in song!

The temple hymns: c.4.80.1
O E-ĝiškešda-kalama (House which is the bond of the Land), bull …… great strength among the gods, terrifying wild cow, wild bull which causes lament, Gudua, your quay is a low quay which bestows water, your interior is artfully built, your mace is a …… mace released from heaven, your platform is a lustrous platform spreading over Mešlam. Your prince, the mighty god, the sovereign of Mešlam, the fierce god of the underworld, the sovereign of Ud-šuš (Sunset), Nergal, Mešlamta-ea, has erected a house in your precinct, and taken his seat upon your dais.

1 Response to “Mešlam”


  1. 1 Lu December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Mešlam is not spoken of too often, considering its early origins. But in the Akkadian tablets, the name often comes up when there is a reference to the phases of the sun, for instance when speaking of the evening sun or the morning sun.
    Not to mention that Muslims do pray in accordance to the various phases of the sun, and also rise to the morning sun. So the name might very well have had a much deeper meaning than we are being told.


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