Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others - Erra and Ishum Summary & Analysis

Stephanie Dalley
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Erra and Ishum Summary and Analysis

The author explains that this myth appears more as a series of speeches than a telling of a narrative. Erra, the unpredictable and violent god, threatens war, while Ishum, the placater of Erra, seems to wish to quell Erra's destructive wishes. Marduk plays a part, as Erra attempts to usurp him, as well. The author explains the myth is likely an account of the hardships of Babylon at the dawn of a "new king of Akkad", which is likely referring to Nabonassar.

The myth begins with the restlessness of Erra, the warrior of the Gods. He is clearly wishing to go to war, and attempts to convince Ishum to encourage a battle. The Sebitti, however, give Erra encouragement to rise for battle. The Sebitti, or the terrible seven, are the offspring of the Earth and Anu, and...

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