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How grain came to Sumer
(Sumerian text= , 3rd Millennium BC, University of Oxford translation, The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature)
Men used to eat grass with th= eir mouths like sheep. In those times, they did not know grain, barley or flax.= An brought t= hese down from the interior of heaven. Enlil lifted his gaze around as a stag lifts its horns when climbing the terraced …… hills. He looked southwards and saw the wide sea. He looked northwards and saw the mountain of aromatic cedars. Enlil piled up the bar= ley, gave it to the mountain. He piled up the bounty of the Land, gave the innuḫa barley to the mountain. He closed off access to the wide-open hill.= He …… its lock, which heaven and earth shut fast, its bolt, which …….
Then Ninazu ……, and said to = his brother Ninmada<= span style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;mso-ans= i-language: EN-US'>: "Let us go to the mountain, to the mountain where barley and = flax grow, …… the rolling river, where the water well= s up from the earth. Let us fetch the barley down from its mountain, let us introduce the innuḫ= a barley into Sumer. Let us make barley known in Sumer, which knows no barley."
Ninmada, the worshipper of =
span>, replied to him: "Since our father has not given the command,
let us go to Utu of heaven,
who as he lies there, as he lies there, sleeps a sound sleep, to the hero, =
son of Ningal
, who as he lies there sleeps a sound sleep." He raised his han=
towards Utu of the se=
Utu …… ta= ble …….