A New Manuscript of Ninĝišzida's Journey to the Netherworld A Sumerian Myth in its Scribal and Literary Context

Uri Gabbay*

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Abstract

The article presents an edition of a new manuscript of the Old Babylonian Sumerian myth Ninĝišzida's Journey to the Netherworld from the Louvre museum. The article deals with the complex literary transmission of this composition, known in different versions with much variation. The myth, lamentful in tone, and including Emesal vocabulary and litanies, is compared to the corpus of Emesal prayers, especially the laments over Damu. The myth is also examined in light of an Old Babylonian Akkadian myth on Ninĝišzida's descent to the netherworld.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)67-90
Number of pages24
JournalAltorientalische Forschungen
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Aug 2020

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Keywords

  • Akkadian
  • Emesal
  • Ninĝišzida
  • Sumerian
  • myth

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