Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others - Theology of Dunnu Summary & Analysis

Stephanie Dalley
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Theology of Dunnu Summary and Analysis

The author explains this myth is another version of the creation story, although it differs greatly from the Epic of Creation, showing clearly that not all areas held the same belief. The story begins with the union of Plough and Earth, and their offspring, the Sea and the Cattle God. Together, they create Dunnu. The Cattle God kills his father, Plough, and marries his sister, the Sea. They give birth to The Flocks God, who kills the Cattle God and marries his mother, the Sea. Sea then kills Earth. The son of the Flocks God then marries his sister, River, and kills the Flocks God and the Sea. The Herdsman God marries Pasture and Poplar, his sister, and populates the Earth's vegetation and animal kingdom before killing River and Flocks God. Haharnum marries Belet-seri, his sister, and kills the Herdsman God and Pasture and Poplar. Hayyashum, son of Haharnum marries his sister, and takes over the dominion of his father, but does not kill him, and instead imprisons him. The rest of the tablet is missing. While this story is short and highly fragmented, one can see the pattern used for this creation myth. Each mating between pieces of the Earth gives rise to a new portion until the Earth has been fully created. Each individual takes reign during a new month, also showing a cycle of seasons through the calendar year, culminating with the New Year.

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