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XXXIX regarding the means to be adopted to restore the old order of things.
It may be noted that the text contains no direct statement that it was the creation of light which caused the rebellion of the primeval gods. In Tablet II, ll. XLI own person the unsubdued forces of chaos. He heard of Tiamat's preparations for battle, he carried the news to Anshar, his father, and he was sent by him against the monster.
Another point completely explained by the new fragments of the text is the reason for the repetitions which occur in the first three tablets of the series. It will be seen that Tablet I, ll.
The lines which are repeated have reference to Tiamat's preparations for battle against the gods, and to Anshar's summons of the gods in order that they may confer power on Marduk as their champion. The context of the repetitions in the Third Tablet is already known; Anshar first repeats the lines to his minister Gaga, when telling him to go and summon the gods to an assembly, and later on in the Tablet Gaga repeats the message word for word to Lahmu and Lahamu.
The constant repetition of these lines was doubtless intended to emphasize the terrible nature of the opposition which Marduk successfully overcame; and the fact that Berossus omits all mention of the part played by Ea in the earlier portions of the story is also due to the tendency of the Babylonian priests to exalt their local god at the expense of other deities.
The account which we have received from Berossus of the Babylonian beliefs concerning the origin of the universe is largely taken up with a description of p. XLV the mythical monsters which dwelt in the deep at a time when the world had not come into being and when darkness and water alone existed.
XLVI while the creatures themselves represent the monster-brood which Tiamat formed to aid her in her fight against the gods. Marduk is there related to have split Tiamat into halves, and to have used one half of her as a covering for heaven. The Fifth Tablet does not begin with the account of the creation of the earth, but records the fixing of the constellations of the Zodiac, the founding of the year, and Marduk's charge to the Moon-god and the Sun-god, to the former of whom he entrusted the night, his instructions relating to the phases of the Moon, and the relative positions of the Moon and the Sun during the month.
L with the exception of the last few lines of the text, they throw no light on what the missing portions of the Tablet contained.
It is also probable that the Fifth Tablet recorded the creation of vegetation. From the new fragment of the Sixth Tablet, No. As at the p. It is interesting to note, however, that the creation of man is not related as a natural sequel to the formation of the rest of the universe, but forms the solution of a difficulty with which Marduk has been met in the course of his work as Creator.
To overcome this difficulty Marduk devised the "cunning plan" already referred to; the context of this passage is not very clear, but the reason for man's creation may be gathered from certain indications in the text. We learn from the beginning of the Sixth Tablet that Marduk devised his cunning plan after he had "heard the word of the gods," and from this it is clear that the Fifth Tablet ends with a speech of the gods.
Now in Tablet VI, l. LIV he will change the ways of the gods, and he appears to threaten them with punishment. It may be conjectured, therefore, that after Marduk had completed the creation of the world, the gods came to him and complained that there were no shrines built in their honour, nor was there anyone to worship them.
To supply this need Marduk formed the device of creating man, but at the same time he appears to have decided to vent his wrath upon the gods because of their discontent. It is possible, however, that Ea dissuaded Marduk from punishing the gods, though he no doubt assisted him in carrying out the first part of his proposal.
LV course of the narrative is confused. The confusion is apparent in the repetition of the description of man's creation and in the interruption of the naturalistic explanation of the slaying of Omorka.
An ingenious but simple emendation of the text, however, was suggested by von Gutschmidt which removes both these difficulties.
The passage which interrupts the naturalistic explanation, and apparently describes a first creation of man, he regarded as having been transposed; but if it is placed at the end of the extract it falls naturally into place as a summary by Eusebius of the preceding account of man's creation which is said by Alexander Polyhistor to have been given by Berossus in the First Book of his History.
LVII beheaded was not Bel, but the other deity whom he addressed. In the Sixth Tablet Marduk recounts to Ea his intention of forming man, and tells him the means he will employ. We may therefore conclude that it was Ea who beheaded Marduk at his request, and, according to his instructions, formed mankind from his blood.
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