Glory of Life by Llewelyn Powys

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Moran61 prefers to ˙ translate (I col. iv 223–24): We-ila62 who had the scheme [t¯ema] (to overthrow Enlil), ˙ they slaughtered in their assembly. The gods’ partaking in the slaughtering is the reason why Ea establishes the purification rites performed in a bath (rimku) on specific days of the months to allow the gods to cleanse themselves from the defilement generated through the contact with the dead god. 63 Rather the divine material provides the substance for the ghost or disembodied spirit of man.

76 Hyam Maccoby, The Sacred Executioner: Human Sacrifice and the Legacy of Guilt (London: Thames & Hudson, 1982), 8. 70 RITUAL KILLING AND SACRIFICE 19 force re-establishes the concept of order as schemed by the gods. 77 Qingu belongs into the category of the dema-deities78 who through their violent death contribute to the foundation of the actual world order. Qingu dies to provide the material for creating humankind which then relieves the gods of their tasks. The message is that humankind has to take care of the cult of the gods.

The entire narrative is framed by the topos of the hunt. The triumphal procession with the captives and the head of Teumman to the temples of Arbela and Aššur represents the additional element typical of war rituals. 5. 3. Ritual of the Substitute King The ritual of the substitute king (šar p¯ uhi) likewise fits into this concept ˘ the harmonic relationship beof order because it aims at re-establishing tween the king and the gods. It is evidenced extensively in the correspondence of the Sargonid kings Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal in the seventh century B.

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