Enlil and Namzidtara

This was taken from the excellent Gateways to Babylon. They, in turn got it from J.A. Black, G. Cunningham, E. Robson, & G. Zólyomi, The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, Oxford 1998-. It appears here for educational purposes only. Summary is theirs. Please report errors to me (link at end of page). -Alan Humm


Nam-zid-tara walked by Enlil, who said to him: "Where have you come from, Nam-zid-tara?"
"From Enlil's temple. My turn of duty is finished. I serve at the place of the gudu priests, with their sheep. I am on my way home. Don't stop me; I am in a hurry. Who are you who asks me questions?"


"I am Enlil." But Enlil had changed his appearance: he had turned into a raven and was croaking.
"But you are not a raven, you really are Enlil!"
"How did you recognise that I am Enlil, who decrees the destinies?"


"When your uncle En-me-cara was a captive, after taking for himself the rank of Enlil, he said: 'Now I shall know the fates, like a lord.'"


"You may acquire precious metals, you may acquire precious stones, you may acquire cattle or you may acquire sheep; but the day of a human being is always getting closer, so where does your wealth lead? Now, I am indeed Enlil, who decrees the fates. What is your name?"


"My name is Nam-zid-tara (Well-blessed). "
"Your fate shall be assigned according to your name: leave the house of your master, and your heirs shall come and go regularly in my temple."

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