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The šum= unda grass
(Sumerian text, 3rd= Millennium BC, University of Oxford translation, The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature)
The ab= ba instructed, the ab= ba instructed:
When the rain rained, = when walls were demolished, when it rained potsherds and fireballs, when one per= son confronted another defiantly, when there was copulation, he also copulated, when there was kissing, he also kissed. When the rain said: "I will rain," when the wall said: "I will rain (scribal error for 'demolish' ?)", when the flood said: "I will sweep everything away" Heaven impregnated, Earth ga= ve birth, she gave birth also to the šumunda grass. Earth gave bir= th, Heaven impregnated, she gave birth also to the = šumunda grass.
His luxuriant reeds ca=
fire. They who defied it, who defied it, the
umma who had survived that
day, the ab=
ba who had survived that
day, the chief ga=
la priest who had surviv=
that year, whoever had survived the Flood, the =
šumunda grass crushed them wi=
th labour, crushed them with labour=
made them crouch in the dust.
The šu= munda grass is a fire carri= er, he cannot be tied into bundles, the grass cannot be shifted, the grass cann= ot be loosened, the grass cannot be loosened. When = built into a booth, one moment he stands up, one moment he lies down. Having kind= led a fire, he spreads it wide. The šumunda grass's habitat is among his bitter waters. He butts about (saying= ): "I will start, I will start a fire."
He set fire to the bas= e of the E-ana, there he was bound, = there he was fettered. When he protested, Inana seized a raven there and set it on top of him. The shepherd abando= ned his sheep in their enclosure. Inana seized the raven there.<= /p>
When the rain had rain= ed, when walls had been demolished, when it rained potsherds and fireballs, whe= n Dumuzid was defied, the rain rained, walls were demolished, the cowpen was demolished, the sheepfold was ripped out, = wild flood-waters were hurled against the rivers, wild rains were hurled against the marshes. By the …… of the Tigris and the Euphrates= span>, of the Tigris and the Euphrates= span>, long grass grew, long grass …….
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He tied him into bundl=
he shifted him, he ……
Her voice reached Heaven, her voice reached Earth, her resounding c= ry covered the horizon like a garment, was spread over it like a cloth, she hu= rled fierce winds at the head of the šumunda grass (saying): "Šumunda gras= s, your name ……. You shall be a plant ……. You shall be a hateful plant ……. Your name ……."
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