THE ELEVENTH TABLET
Praise to Ninharsag, on Earth the Peacemaker! In Unison the Anunnaki proclaimed.
During the first Shar after the Deluge, Ninharsag to cool down tempers managed;
Nibiru with gold to resupply was over ambitions and rivalries paramount.
Slowly the Earth to teem with life returned; with the seeds of life by Enki preserved
What by itself survived was augmented on land and in the air and waters.
Most precious of all, the Anunnaki discovered, were Mankind's own remnants!
As in bygone clays, when the primitive Workers were created,
The Anunnaki, few and strained, for Civilized Workers now clamored.
By the time the first Shar after the Deluge was completed,
The peaceful truce by an unexpected occurrence was shattered.
Not between Marduk and Ninurta, not between the Enki and Enlil clans, was the eruption:
When Marduk's own sons, by the Igigi abetted, was tranquillity broken.
When Marduk and Sarpanit and their sons and daughters on Lahmu the Deluge outwaited,
The two sons, Asar and Satu, to the daughters of Shamgaz, the Igigi leader, a liking took;
When to Earth they all returned, the two brothers the two sisters espoused,
Asar the one called Asta chose, Satu the one called Nebat betrothed.
Asar with his father Marduk in the dark-hued lands to abide chose,
Satu near the Landing Place, where the Igigi dwelt, with Shamgaz his dwelling made.
About the domains on Earth was Shamgaz concerned: Where shall the Igigi the masters be?
So did Shamgaz the other Igigi incite, of that Nebat to Satu daily spoke;
By staying with his father, Asar the successor alone shall be, the fertile lands he will inherit!
So did Shamgaz and his daughter Nebat to Satu day after day say.
How the succession in the hands of Satu alone to retain, father and daughter schemed.
On an auspicious day they made a banquet; Igigi and Anunnaki to it they invited.
Asar, unsuspecting, to celebrate with his brother also came.
Nebat, his spouse's sister, prepared the tables, footstools she also set,
She beautified herself, with lyre in hand a song to mighty Asar she sang.
Satu before him choice roast meat cut, with salted knife for him fatlings he served.
Shamgaz in a large goblet new wine to Asar offered, an admixture for him he made,
A large vessel, mighty to look upon, with elixired wine he gave him.
In good humor was Asar; merrily he arose and sang, with cymbals in his hand he chanted.
Then by the admixtured wine he was overcome, to the ground he fell down.
Let us for a sound sleep take him! the hosts to the others at the banquet said.
They Asar to another chamber carried, in a coffin they him laid,
The coffin with tight seals they closed, into the sea they threw it.
When word of what had happened Asta reached, to Marduk her husband's father she raised a wailing:
Asar to his death in the sea depths was brutally thrown, quickly must the coffin be found!
They searched the sea for Asar's coffin, by the shores of the dark-hued land it was found.
Inside the stiff body of Asar lay, from its nostrils the breath of life departed.
Marduk his clothes rent, on his forehead he put ashes.
My son! My son! Sarpanit cried and wept, great were her grief and mourning.
Enki was distraught and wept: The curse of Ka-in is repeated! to his son in agony he said.
Asta to high heavens a wailing raised, to Marduk for revenge and an heir an appeal she made:
Satu his death must meet. By your own seed a successor let me conceive,
Let by your name his name remembered be, the lineage surviving!
This, alas, cannot be done! Enki to Marduk and Asta said:
The brother who killed, the brother's brother must be the keeper,
For this Satu must be spared, by his seed an heir to Asar you must conceive!
By these twists of fate Asta was baffled; distraught, the rules to defy she was determined.
Before the body of Asar was wrapped and in the shroud in a shrine preserved,
From his phallus Asta the life seed of Asar extracted.
With it Asta herself made conceive, an heir and avenger to Asar to be born.
To Enki and his sons, to Marduk and his brothers, Satu word delivered:
The sole heir and Marduk's successor am I, of the Land of the Two Narrows I will be the master!
Before the Anunnaki's council Asta the claim refuted: With Asar's heir I am with child.
Among the river's bull rushes with the child she hid, the wrath of Satu she was avoiding;
Horon she called the boy, to be his father's avenger she raised him.
Satu by this was disconcerted; Shamgaz from ambitions did not retreat.
From Earth year to Earth year the lgigi and their offspring from the Landing Place spread,
Unto the borders of Tilmun, Ninharsag's sacred region, closer they moved.
To overrun the Place of the Celestial Chariots the Igigi and their Earthlings threatened.
In the dark-hued lands the child Horon by Earth's quick life cycles to a hero grew,
By his great-uncle Gibil was Horon adopted, by him was he trained and instructed.
For him Gibil winged sandals for soaring fashioned, to fly like a falcon he was able;
For him Gibil a divine harpoon made, its arrows bolts of missiles were.
In the highlands of the south did him Gibil the arts of metals and smithing teach.
The secret of a metal called iron Gibil to Horon revealed.
From it weapons Horon made, from loyal Earthlings an army he raised.
To challenge Satu and the Igigi northward, across land and river they marched.
When Horon and his Earthlings army the border of Tilmun, the Land of the Missiles, reached,
Satu to Horon words of challenge sent:
Between us two alone is the conflict, let us one on one in contest meet!
In the skies above Tilmun Satu in his Whirlwind for combat Horon awaited.
When Horon toward him like a falcon skyward soared,
A poisoned dart at him Satu shot, like a scorpion's sting it Horon felled.
When Asta this saw, a cry to heaven she sent forth, for Ningishzidda she cried out
From his celestial boat Ningishzidda came down, to save the hero for his mother he came.
With magic powers Ningishzidda the poison to benevolent blood converted,
By morning was Horon healed, from the dead was he returned.
Then with a Fiery Pillar, like a heavenly fish with fins and a fiery tail,
Ningishzidda to Horon provided, its eyes from blue to red to blue their colors changed.
Toward the triumphant Satu Horon in the Fiery Pillar soared.
Far and wide each other they chased; fierce and deadly was the battle.
At first Horon's Fiery Pillar was hit, then with his harpoon Horon Satu smote.
To the ground Satu crashing down came; by Horon in tethers he was bound.
When before the council Horon with his captive uncle came,
They saw that he was blinded, his testicles squashed, like a discarded jar he stood.
Let Satu, blind and heirless, live! So did Asta to the council say.
To end his days as a mortal, among the Igigi, the council his fate determined.
Triumphant was Horon declared, the throne of his father to inherit;
On a metal tablet was the council's decision inscribed, in the Hall of Records they placed it.
In his abode Marduk with the decision was pleased; by what had happened he was sorrowed:
Though Horon a son of Asar his son was, from Shamgaz the Igigi he was descended,
A domain, one as among the Anunnaki allocated, to him was not given.
Having lost both sons, in each other Marduk and Sarpanit solace sought.
In time to them another son was born; Nabu, Prophecy Bearer, they named him.
Now this is the account of why in the faraway a new chariot's place was built,
And the love of Dumuzi and Inanna that Marduk by Dumuzi's death disrupted.
It was after the contesting of Horon and Satu, and their aerial battle over Tilmun,
That Enlil his three sons to a council summoned.
With concern to them of what was happening, he said:
In the beginning the Earthlings in our image and after our likeness we made,
Now the Anunnaki offspring in the image and likeness of the Earthlings became!
Then it was Ka-in who his brother killed, now a son of Marduk is his brother's killer!
For the first time ever, an Anunnaki offspring from Earthlings an army raised,
Weapons from a metal, of the Anunnaki a secret, in their hands he placed!
From the days when by Alalu and Anzu our legitimacy was challenged,
Disruption and rule-breaking by the Igigi continued.
Now the beacon peaks in the domain of Marduk are located, the Landing Place by the Igigi is held,
Now toward the Place of the Chariots the Igigi are advancing,
In the name of Satu to all the Heaven-Earth facilities they claim will lay!
So did Enlil to his three sons say, to take countersteps to them he proposed:
An alternative Heaven-Earth facility in secret establish we must!
Let it in Ninurta's land beyond the oceans, in the midst of trusted Earthlings, come to be!
Thus was the secret mission in the hands of Ninurta entrusted;
In the mountainlands beyond the oceans, beside the great lake,
A new Bond Heaven-Earth he was setting up, within an enclosure he placed it;
At the foot of the mountains where the gold nuggets were scattered
A plain with firm ground he chose; on it for ascent and descent markings he made.
Primitive are the facilities, but the purpose they will serve!
So did Ninurta to his father Enlil in good time declare:
From there gold shipments to Nibiru can continue, from there in need we too can ascend!
At that time what as a blessed event began as a horrible occurrence ended.
At that time Dumuzi, Enki's youngest son, to Inanna, Nannar's daughter, a liking took;
Inanna, Enlil's granddaughter, by the lord of herding was captivated.
A love that knows no bounds engulfed them, a passion their hearts inflamed.
Many of the love songs that for a long time thereafter were sung,
Inanna and Dumuzi were the first to sing them, by song their love they recounted.
To Dumuzi, his youngest son, Enki a large domain above the Abzu allotted;
Meluhha, the Black Land, was its name, highland trees there grew, its waters abundant were.
Large bulls among its river reeds roamed, greatly numbered were its cattle,
Silver from its mountains came, its copper bright as gold was aglitter.
Greatly beloved was Dumuzi; by Enki after the death of Asar he was favored.
Of his youngest brother Marduk was jealous. Inanna by her parents Nannar and Ningal was beloved, Enlil by her cradle sat.
Beautiful beyond describing she was, in martial arts with Anunnanki heroes she competed.
Of journeys in the heavens and of celestial boats from her brother Utu she learned;
A skyship of her own, to roam in Earth's skies, to her the Anunnaki presented.
After the Deluge, on the Landing Platform, Dumuzi and Inanna their eyes on each other set;
At the dedication of the artificed mounts was between them a warm encounter.
Hesitant at first they were, he of Enki's clan, she of Enlil an offspring.
When Ninharsag for peace the disputing clans together brought,
Inanna and Dumuzi away from the others to be together managed, love to each other they professed.
As they went strolling together, sweet words of alluring love to each other they said.
Side by side they lay down, one heart with the other heart chatted;
Around her waist Dumuzi put his arm, like a wild bull to take her he wished,
Let me teach you! Let me teach you! to Inanna Dumuzi said.
Gently she kissed him, then to him of her mother she spoke:
What fib could I tell my mother? What words will you tell Ningal?
Let us of our love my mother tell, of joy cedar perfume she will on us sprinkle!
To the dwelling place of Ningal, Inanna's mother, the lovers went,
To them Ningal her blessing gave, of Dumuzi the mother of Inanna approved.
Lord Dumuzi, as a son-in-law of Nannar you are worthy! to him she said.
Dumuzi as bridegroom by Nannar himself was welcomed, Inanna's brother Utu, Let it so be! said.
Perchance the espousing peace between the clans truly will bring! Enlil to them all said.
When of the love and bethrothal Dumuzi to his father and brothers spoke,
Enki of peace through espousal also was thinking, his blessing to Dumuzi he gave.
Dumuzi's brothers, all except Marduk, about the espousal were joyful.
A bethrothal bed of gold by Gibil was fashioned, Nergal blue-hued lapis stones sent.
Sweet dates, a fruit by Inanna favored, beside the bed they in a pile placed,
Under the fruits the beads of lapis they hid for Inanna to discover.
As the custom was, to perfume and clothe Inanna a sister of Dumuzi was sent,
Geshtinanna, a sister-in-law-to-be, was her name.
To her Inanna what was in her heart revealed, of her future with Dumuzi to her she said:
A vision of a great nation I have, as a Great Anunnaki Dumuzi there will rise.
His name over others shall be exalted, his queen-spouse I shall be.
Princely status we will share, rebellious countries we shall together subdue,
To Dumuzi I will status give, the country I will rightly direct!
Inanna's visions of rulership and glory by Geshtinanna to her brother Marduk were reported.
By Inanna's ambitions Marduk was greatly disturbed; to Geshtinanna a secret plan he told.
To her brother Dumuzi, to the herder's dwelling, Geshtinanna went.
Lovely to behold and perfumed, to her brother Dumuzi thus she said:
Before with your young wife in your embrace with you will sleep,
A legitimate heir, by a sister born, you must have!
Inanna's son to succession shall not be entitled, on your mother's knees he will not be raised!
She put his hand in her hand, she pressed her body against his body.
My brother, with you I will lie down! Bridegroom, with you a peer of Enki we shall have!
So did Geshtinanna to Dumuzi whisper, a noble issue from her womb to have.
Into her womb Dumuzi poured the semen, by her caressing he fell asleep.
During the night Dumuzi had a dream, a premonition of death he envisioned:
In the dream seven evil bandits he saw coming into his dwelling.
The Master has sent us for you, son of Duttur! to him they said. They chased away his ewes, his lambs and kids they drove away,
The headdress of lordship they took off his head, the royal robe off his body they tore,
The staff of shepherding they took and broke, his cup from its peg they threw down.
Naked and barefooted they seized him, in fetters they his hands bound,
In the name of the Princely Bird and the Falcon they left him dying.
Disturbed and startled Dumuzi in the middle of the night awoke, to Geshtinanna the dream he told.
The dream is not favorable! Geshtinanna to the distraught Dumuzi said.
Marduk of raping me will accuse you, evil he will send.
To try you and disgrace you he will order, the liaison with an Enlilite to disunite!
As a wounded beast Dumuzi a cry roared out: Betrayal! Betrayal! he shouted.
To Utu, Inanna's brother, Help me! word he sent; the name of his father Enki as a talisman he uttered.
Through the desert of Emush, the Snakes Desert, Dumuzi rushed to escape,
To the place of mighty waterfalls from the evildoers he ran to hide.
Where the gushing waters the rocks to slippery smoothness made, Dumuzi slipped and fell;
The onrushing waters his lifeless body in a white froth swept away, evil emissaries to arrest you
Now this is the account of Inanna's descent to the Lower Abzu,
And the Great Anunnaki War, and how Marduk in the Ekur alive was imprisoned.
When the lifeless body of Dumuzi from the great lake's waters by Ninagal was retrieved,
To the abode of Nergal and Ereshkigal in the Lower Abzu the body was brought.
On a stone slab was the dead body of Dumuzi, a son of Enki, placed.
When of what had happened word to Enki was sent, Enki rent his clothes, on his forehead he put ashes.
My son! My son! for Dumuzi he lamented. What have I sinned to be so punished? out loud he asked.
When I to Earth from Nibiru came, EA, He Whose Home Is Waters, was my name,
With waters did the Celestial Chariots obtain their thrustpower, in waters I splashed down;
Then by an avalanche of waters the Earth was swept over,
In waters did Asar my grandchild drown, by waters my beloved Dumuzi is now dead!
Everything I had done, for righteous purpose did I do it.
Why am I punished, why has Fate against me turned?
So did Enki bewail and lament.
When from Geshtinanna the veracity of occurrences was discovered,
Greater was Enki's agony: Now Marduk, my firstborn, for his deed will also suffer!
By the disappearance and death of Dumuzi was Inanna worried, then grieved;
Then to the Lower Abzu she hurried, Dumuzi's body for burial to retrieve.
When Ereshkigal, her sister, of the arrival of Inanna at the precinct's gates was told,
Ereshkigal a devious scheme on the part of Inanna suspected.
At each of the seven gates, one of Inanna's accoutrements and weapons was from her removed,
Then, unclothed and powerless before Ereshkigal's throne,
Of scheming an heir by Nergal, Dumuzi's brother, she was accused!
Trembling with fury, Ereshkigal to her sister's explanations would not listen.
Let loose against her the sixty diseases! Ereshkigal her vizier, Namtar, in anger ordered.
By the disappearance of Inanna in the Lower Abzu were her parents much worried,
Nannar to Enlil in the matter went, Enlil to Enki a message sent.
From Nergal his son, Ereshkigal's spouse, Enki what had happened learned,
From clay of the Abzu Enki two emissaries fashioned, beings without blood, by death rays unharmed,
To the Lower Abzu he sent them, Inanna to bring back, whether alive or dead.
When before Ereshkigal they came, Ereshkigal by their appearance was puzzled:
Are you Anunnaki? Are you Earthlings? with bewilderment she asked them.
Namtar the magical weapons of power against them directed, but unharmed the two were. To the lifeless body of Inanna he took them, hanging from a stake she was.
Upon the corpse the clay emissaries a Pulser and an Emitter directed,
Then the Water of Life on her they sprinkled, in her mouth the Plant of Life they placed.
Then Inanna stirred, her eyes she opened; from the dead Inanna arose.
When the two emissaries Inanna to the Upper World were ready to return,
Inanna the lifeless body of Dumuzi to take along them ordered.
At the seven gates of the Lower Abzu, to Inanna her accoutrements and attributes were returned.
To the abode of Dumuzi in the Black Land the lover of her youth to take the emissaries she ordered,
There to wash him with pure water, with sweet oil him anoint,
Then to clothe him in a red shroud, upon a slab of lapis lay him;
Then in the rocks for him a rest place carve out, the Day of Arising there to await.
As for herself, to the abode of Enki Inanna set her steps,
Retribution for her beloved's death she wanted, the death of Marduk the culprit she demanded.
There has been death enough! Enki to her said. Marduk an instigator was, but murder he committed not!
When Inanna learned that Marduk would not by Enki be punished, Inanna to her parents and brother went.
To high heaven she a wailing raised: justice! Revenge! Death to Marduk! she cried for.
At Enlil's abode his sons Inanna and Utu joined, for a council of war they gathered.
Ninurta, whom the rebel Anzu defeated, for strong measures argued;
Of secret words between Marduk and the Igigi exchanged, Utu to them reported.
Of Marduk, an evil serpent, Earth must be rid! Enlil with them agreed.
When the demand for Marduk's surrender to Enki his father was sent,
Enki to his abode Marduk and all the other sons summoned.
Though for my beloved Dumuzi I am still grieving, Marduk's rights I must defend! Though evil did Marduk instigate, by ill fate, not by Marduk's hand, did Dumuzi die;
Marduk is my firstborn, Ninki is his mother, for succession he is destined,
From death by Ninurta's gang by us all he must be protected! So did Enki say.
Only Gibil and Ninagal their father's call heeded; Ningishzidda was opposed,
Nergal was hesitant: Only if in mortal danger he will be will I help! he said.
It was after that that a war, of ferocity unknown, between the two clans erupted.
Unlike the contending of Horon and Satu, of Earthlings descended, it was:
A battle between Anunnaki, Nibiruan-born among them, on another planet was loosed.
By Inanna was the warfare begun, in her skyship to the domains of Enki's sons she crossed over;
Marduk to battle she challenged, to the domains of Ninagal and Gibil she him pursued.
To assist her Ninurta from his Storm Bird withering beams at the enemy's strongholds shot,
Ishkur from the skies with scorching lightnings and smashing thunders attacked.
In the Abzu from the rivers fish he washed away, cattle in the fields he dispersed.
To the north, the place of the artificed mounts, Marduk then retreated;
Pursuing him, Ninurta on the habitations poison-bearing missiles rained.
His Weapon That Tears Apart the people in those lands robbed of their senses,
The canals that the river's waters bore, red from blood became;
Ishkur's brilliances the nights' darkness into flaming days converted.
As the devastating battles northward advanced, Marduk in the Ekur himself ensconced,
Gibil for it an unseen shield devised, Nergal to heaven its all-seeing eye raised.
With a Weapon of Brilliance, by a horn directed, Inanna the hiding place attacked;
Horon to defend his grandfather came; by her Brilliance was his right eye damaged.
While Utu the Igigi and their horde of Earthlings beyond Tilmun held off,
At the foot of the artificed mounts Anunnaki, this and that clan supporting, in battle clashed.
Let Marduk surrender, let the bloodshed end! So did Enlil to Enki words convey;
Let brother talk to brother! to Enki Ninharsag a message sent.
In his hideout, within the Ekur, Marduk his pursuers to defy continued,
Within the House Which Like a Mountain Is his final stand he made.
Inanna the massive stone structure could not surmount, its smooth sides her weapons deflected.
Then Ninurta of the secret entrance learned, the swivel stone on the north side he found!
Through a dark corridor Ninurta passed, the grand gallery he reached,
Its vault by the many-hued emissions of the crystals like a rainbow was aglitter.
Inside, by the intrusion alerted, Marduk with ready weapons Ninurta awaited;
With weapons responding, smashing the wonder crystals, Ninurta up the gallery kept going.
Into the upper chamber, the place of the Great Pulsating Stone, Marduk retreated,
At its entrance Marduk the sliding stone locks lowered; from one and all admission they barred.
Into the Ekur Inanna and Ishkur Ninurta followed; what next to do they contemplated.
Let the encased hiding chamber be Marduk's stone coffin! to them Ishkur said.
To three blocking stones, ready for down gliding, Ishkur their attention drew.
Let slow death, by alive being buried, be Marduk's sentence! Inanna her consent gave.
At the end of the gallery, the three the blocking stones let loose,
Each one of them one stone for plugging slid down, Marduk as in a tomb to seal.
Now this is the account of how Marduk was saved and to exile departed,
And how the Ekur was dismantled and lordship over the lands rearranged.
Away from the Sun and light, without food or water, Marduk within the Ekur alive was entombed;
By his imprisonment and punishment without trial Sarpanit, his spouse, a wailing raised.
To Enki her father-in-law she hurried, with the young son Nabu to him she came.
To be among the living Marduk must be returned! to Enki Sarpanit said.
He sent her to Utu and Nannar, who with Inanna can intercede.
Wearing a garment of atonement, To the lord Marduk give life! she pleaded.
Let him humbly life continue, rulership he will lay aside!
Appeased was not Inanna, For the death of my beloved, the Instigator must die! Inanna retorted.
Ninharsag, the peacemaker, the brothers Enki and Enlil summoned,
Punishment to Marduk must come, death is not warranted! to them she said.
Let Marduk in exile live, the succession on Earth to Ninurta submit!
Enlil by her words was pleased and smiled: Ninurta was his son, of Ninurta she was the mother!
If between succession and life the choice is, what can I, a father, say?
So did Enki with heavy heart answer. In my lands widespread is the desolation,
Warfare must end, for Dumuzi I am still in mourning; let Marduk live in exile!
If peace is to be returned and Marduk shall live, binding arrangements must be made! Enlil to Enki said.
All facilities that heaven and Earth bond, to my hands alone must be entrusted,
The mastery over the Land of the Two Narrows to another son of yours you must give.
The Igigi who Marduk follow, the Landing Place must give up and abandon,
To a Land of No Return, by no descendant of Ziusudra inhabited, must Marduk in exile go!
So did Enlil forcefully declare, to be foremost among the brothers he meant.
The hand of fate Enki in his heart acknowledged: Let it so be! with bowed head he said.
Ningishzidda alone the Ekur innards knows; let him over its land the master be!
After the decisions by the Great Anunnaki were announced, Ningishzidda for the rescue they summoned.
How Marduk from the blocked and sealed innards to extricate was his challenge;
To let free the one who alive is buried, a task beyond conceiving to him they gave.
Ningishzidda the Ekur's secret designs contemplated, how to circumvent the blockings he planned: Through a chiseled upper opening Marduk will be rescued! to the leaders he said.
At a place which I will show them, a doorway in the stones they will cut,
From it upward a twisting passageway they shall bore, a rescue shaft creating.
Through hidden hollowings to the Ekur's midst they will continue,
At the vortex of the hollowings through the stones they will break through.
A doorway to the insides they will blow open, thereby the blockings circumventing;
Up the grand gallery they will continue, the three stone bars they will raise,
The uppermost chamber, Marduk's death prison, they will reach!
Anunnaki, by Ningishzidda guided, his outlined plan then followed,
With tools that crack the stones the opening they made, the rescue shaft they fashioned,
The insides of the artificed mount they reached, an exit they blew open.
Circumventing the three blocking stones, the uppermost chamber they reached.
On a small platform the portcullises they raised; Marduk, fainted, they rescued.
Carefully through the twisting shaft they the lord lowered, to fresh air they him brought;
Outside Sarpanit and Nabu spouse and father were awaiting; a joyful reunion it was.
When to Marduk his father Enki the terms of release conveyed,
Marduk was enraged: I would rather die than my birthright forfeit! he shouted.
Sarpanit into his arms Nabu thrust. We are part of your future! she softly said.
Marduk was angered, Marduk was humbled. To Fate I yield! he inaudibly said.
With Sarpanit and Nabu to a Land of No Return he departed,
To a place where horned beasts are hunted with wife and son he went
After Marduk had departed, Ninurta the Ekur through the shaft reentered,
Through a horizontal corridor to the Ekur's vulva he went.
In its east wall, in a niche artfully fashioned, the Destiny Stone a red radiance was emitting.
Its power to kill me grabs, with a killing tracking it me seizes! Ninurta inside the chamber cried.
Take it away! To obliteration destroy it. to his lieutenants Ninurta shouted.
Retracing his steps, through the grand gallery to the topmost chamber Ninurta went,
In a hollowed-out chest the heart of the Ekur pulsated, its netforce by five compartments was enhanced.
With his baton Ninurta the stone chest struck; with a resonating sound it responded.
Its Gug Stone, that directions determined, Ninurta ordered to be taken out, to a place of his choice carried.
Coming down the grand gallery, Ninurta the twenty-seven pairs of Nibiru crystals examined.
Many in his fight with Marduk were damaged; some the struggle intact survived.
To remove the whole ones from their grooves Ninurta ordered, the others with his beam he pulverized.
Outside the House Which Like a Mountain Is Ninurta in his Black Bird soared,
To the Apex Stone his attention he turned; his enemy's epitome it represented.
With his weapons he shook it loose, to the ground in pieces it toppled.
By this the fear of Marduk is forever ended! Ninurta, victorious, declared.
On the battleground the assembled Anunnaki the praise of Ninurta announced:
Like Anu you are made! to their hero and leader they shouted.
To replace the incapacitated beacon a mount near the Place of the Celestial Chariots was chosen,
Within its innards the salvaged crystals were rearranged.
Upon its peak the Gug Stone, the Stone of Directing, was installed;
Mount Mashu, Mount of the Supreme Celestial Barque, the mount was called.
At that time Enlil his three sons summoned; Ninlil and Ninharsag also attended.
Commands over olden lands to confirm, lordships over new lands to assign they met.
To Ninurta, who Anzu and Marduk had vanquished, the Enlilship powers were granted,
In all the lands his father's surrogate to be.
Of the Landing Place in the Cedar Mountains, lordship to Ishkur was granted,
To his domain northward thereof was the Landing Place joined.
The lands south and east thereof, where the Igigi and their offspring had spread,
To Nannar as an everlasting endowment were given, by his descendants and followers to keep and to hold.
The peninsula wherein the Place of the Chariots was, in Nannar's lands was included,
Utu as commander of the Place and of the Navel of the Earth was confirmed.
In the Land of the Two Narrows, as agreed, Enki to Ningishzidda the lordship did assign.
To that none of Enki's other sons objected; to that Inanna was opposed!
To the heritage of Dumuzi, her deceased bridegroom, did Inanna claim lay,
A dominion of her own she of Enki and Enlil demanded.
How Inanna's demands to satisfy the leaders contemplated,
About the, lands and the peoples the Great Anunnaki who the fates decree counsel took,
Regarding the Earth and its resettling words with Anu they exchanged.
From the time of the Deluge, the Great Calamity, almost two Shars have passed,
The Earthlings have proliferated, from mountainlands to dried lowlands they went.
Of Civilized Mankind by Ziusudra there were descendants, with Anunnaki seed they were intermixed.
Offspring of Igigi who intermarried roamed about, in the distant lands Ka-in's kinfolk survived.
Few and lofty were the Anunnaki who from Nibiru had come, few were their perfect descendants.
How settlements for themselves and for Earthlings to establish the Great Anunnaki considered,
How over Mankind lofty to remain, how to make the many the few obey and serve.
About all that, about the future the leaders with Anu words exchanged.
To come to Earth one more time Anu decided; with Antu his spouse he wished to come.