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The Whore of Babylon
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

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Topics
Babylon the Great, Irma Grese, Hilde Lohbauer, Full Face Transplant

Book of Revelation
Chapter 17

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The House of the Aquifer

The urban nucleus of Eridu was Enki’s temple, called House of the Aquifer (Cuneiform:…, E2.ZU.AB; Sumerian: e2-abzu; Akkadian: bītu apsû), which in later history was called House of the Waters (Cuneiform: , E2.LAGAB×HAL; Sumerian: e2-engur; Akkadian: bītu engurru). The name refers to Enki’s realm.

Spintriae

A spintria (plural, spintriae) is a small bronze or brass Roman token, possibly for use in brothels, usually depicting sexual acts or symbols. They seem to have been produced for only a short period, mostly in the 1st century AD. Some scholars have argued that spintriae were used to pay prostitutes.

Чампаватская тигрица (RU)

The Champawat Tiger was a female Bengal tiger responsible for an estimated 436 deaths in Nepal and the Kumaon area of India, mostly during the 19th century.Her attacks have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest number of fatalities from a tiger. She was shot in 1907 by Jim Corbett.

Full Face Transplant

A face transplant is a medical procedure to replace all or part of a person’s face using tissue from a cadaver. The world’s first partial face transplant on a living human was carried out in France in 2005. The world’s first full face transplant was completed in Spain in 2010. Turkey, France, the United States and Spain (in order of total number of successful face transplants performed) are considered the leading countries in face transplant in the world.

Dictionaries

Самодержавная (RU) from самодержа́вие = absolutism, autocracy
ца́рское самодержа́вие = absolutist tsarism
Сладострастная ( RU) from сладострастный = voluptuous, aphrodisiac, libidinous, venereal
lèche-vitrines (FR) = window-shopping
faire du lèche-vitrines= to go window-shopping
труп (RU) = corpse, dead body, cadaver
Kaufkraft(DE) = purchasing or buying power
Panzerglas (DE) = bulletproof glass
Жрица любви ( RU)
Жрица = priestess; любовь = love, passion
Ikone der Lust
Ikone (DE) = (also figurative) icon; Lust (DE) = pleasure, joy, desire
Mensch (DE) = person, man/woman; Word forms: Menschen, genitive; Menschen, plural
Antlitz (DE) = countenance, visage, face
Herr (DE) = Lord, master, ruler, God, Mr., gentlemen, sir

Acknowledgements

archive.org; freesound.org; uahirise.org; oracc.museum.upenn.edu; cdli.ucla.edu; The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL); Encylopaedia Britannica; Arseny Avraamov : The March of the Worker’s Funeral

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The Eridu Genesis
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

TODESSA SEASON 02, EPISODE 06

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Eridu
Eridu (present day Abu Shahrein, Iraq) was considered the first city in the world by the ancient Sumerians and, certainly, is among the most ancient of ruins. Founded in circa 5400 BCE, Eridu was thought to have been created by the gods and was home to the great water god Enki.

Eridu Genesis
in Mesopotamian religious literature, ancient Sumerian epic primarily concerned with the creation of the world, the building of cities, and the flood. According to the epic, after the universe was created out of the primeval sea and the gods were born, the deities fashioned man from clay to cultivate the ground, care for flocks, and perpetuate the worship of the gods. Cities were soon built and kingship was instituted on earth. For some reason, however, the gods determined to destroy mankind with a flood. Enki (Akkadian: Ea), who did not agree with the decree, revealed it to Ziusudra (Utnapishtim), a man well known for his humility and obedience. Ziusudra did as Enki commanded him and built a huge boat, in which he successfully rode out the flood. Afterward, he prostrated himself before the gods An (Anu) and Enlil, and, as a reward for living a godly life, Ziusudra was given immortality

 

GLOSSARY

Eridu
Cuneiform: NUN.KI ; Sumerian: eriduki; Akkadian: irîtu; modern Arabic: Tell Abu Shahrain

Shalbatana Vallis
is an ancient water-worn channel on Mars, located in the Oxia Palus quadrangle at 7.8° north latitude and 42.1° west longitude.
Shalbatana Vallis contains the first definitive evidence of a Martian shoreline. This shoreline was part of an ancient lake 80 square miles (210 km2) in size and 1,500 feet (460 m) deep.

Pishon
The Pishon or Pison (Hebrew: פִּישׁוֹן‎ Pîšōn) is one of four rivers (along with Hiddekel (Tigris), Phrath (Euphrates) and Gihon) mentioned in the Biblical Book of Genesis. In that passage, these rivers are described as arising within the Garden of Eden. The Pishon is described as encircling “the entire land of Havilah.”

Antimatter / ether squirts and sinks
In particle physics, antimatter is material composed of antiparticles; which have the same mass as particles of ordinary matter but have opposite charge and other particle properties such as lepton and baryon number, quantum spin, etc. Collisions between particles and antiparticles lead to the annihilation of both, giving rise to variable proportions of intense photons (gamma rays), neutrinos, and less massive particle–antiparticle pairs.
The idea of negative matter appears in past theories of matter that have now been abandoned. Using the once popular vortex theory of gravity, the possibility of matter with negative gravity was discussed by William Hicks in the 1880s. Between the 1880s and the 1890s, Karl Pearson proposed the existence of “squirts” and sinks of the flow of aether. The squirts represented normal matter and the sinks represented negative matter. Pearson’s theory required a fourth dimension for the aether to flow from and into.

Sein / Seiendes
It is difficult to see this in the Stambaugh translation of “Being and Time” [Sein und Zeit], but Heidegger makes a clear distinction between being [Sein] and being [Seiendes] in the original German. The difference is usually manifested in Heidegger’s talk of being (in the most universal sense) and beings. Beings [Seienden] “have” being, so to speak, but they, themselves, are not the whole of being.

ovule (FR) = ovum
lune (FR) = moon
brûlante (FR) = burning (hot), red-hot
Zwerg (DE) = dwarf

Sintflut / Sinn
Sintflut (DE) = Flood
Flut (DE) = incoming or flood tide; high tide
Sinn (DE) = sense etc.

пусть не заканчивается время счастья (RU)
пусть не = do not let; заканчивается = ends; время = time; счастья = happiness

Luigi Tenco
Luigi Tenco (1938–1967) was an Italian singer and songwriter.
In 1967 he took part in the Italian Song Festival in Sanremo. It was rumored, that he participated against his will. The song he presented was “Ciao Amore Ciao” (“Bye Love, Bye”), which he sang together with Dalida. Tenco allegedly committed suicide on January 27, 1967, he was only 28 years old, after learning that his song had been eliminated from the final competition.Tenco was found by Dalida in his hotel room with a bullet wound in his left temple and a note announcing, that his gesture was against the jury and public’s choices during the competition. Only days earlier Tenco’s wedding to Dalida had been announced.

Gale Crater
Gale is a crater on Mars near the northwestern part of the Aeolis quadrangle at 5.4°S 137.8°E.It is 154 km (96 mi) in diameter and estimated to be about 3.5-3.8 billion years old.The crater was named after Walter Frederick Gale, an amateur astronomer from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who observed Mars in the late 19th century.
On December 9, 2013, NASA reported that, based on evidence from Curiosity studying Aeolis Palus, Gale contained an ancient freshwater lake which could have been a hospitable environment for microbial life.

Enki/Ea
Sumerian: (dingir)EN.KI(G)

Mischievous god of wisdom, magic and incantations who resides in the ocean under the earth.
The god Ea (whose Sumerian equivalent was Enki) is one of the three most powerful gods in the Mesopotamian pantheon, along with Anu and Enlil. He resides in the ocean underneath the earth called the abzu (Akkadian apsû), which was an important place in Mesopotamian cosmic geography. For example, the city of Babylon was said to have been built on top of the abzu.
Sumerian texts about Enki often include overtly sexual portrayals of his virile masculinity. In particular, there is a metaphorical link between the life-giving properties of the god’s semen and the animating nature of fresh water from the abzu. Until recently, however, many of the more explicit details have been suppressed in modern translations.

ἰχώρ
In Greek mythology, Ichor (/ˈaɪkər/ or /ˈɪkər/; Ancient Greek: ἰχώρ) is the ethereal golden fluid that is the blood of the gods and/or immortals.

Acknowledgements
archive.org; freesound.org; uahirise.org; oracc.museum.upenn.edu; cdli.ucla.edu; Karl Pearson “Ether Squirts” (1891); The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL); Encylopaedia Britannica; Luigi Tenco “Ciao amore, ciao”

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Clay Tablets
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

TODESSA SEASON 02, EPISODE 05

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GLOSSARY

Clay Tablets = Akkadian: ṭuppu(m)
The ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hittites wrote on tablets made from water-cleaned clay. Although these writing bricks varied in shape and dimension, a common form was a thin quadrilateral tile about five inches long. While the clay was still wet, the writer used a stylus to inscribe it with cuneiform characters.

Sprachbund
The mutual influence between Sumerian and Akkadian had led scholars to describe the languages as a sprachbund.
A sprachbund (/ˈsprɑːkbʊnd/; German: [ˈʃpʁaːxbʊnt], “federation of languages”) – also known as a linguistic area, area of linguistic convergence, diffusion area or language crossroads – is a group of languages that have common features resulting from geographical proximity and language contact. They may be genetically unrelated, or only distantly related.
In a 1904 paper, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay emphasised the need to distinguish between language similarities arising from a genetic relationship and those arising from convergence due to language contact. The term Sprachbund, a calque of the Russian term языковой союз (yazykovoy soyuz; “language union”), was introduced by Nikolai Trubetzkoy in an article in 1923. In a paper presented to the 1st International Congress of Linguists in 1928, Trubetzkoy defined a sprachbund as a group of languages with similarities in syntax, morphological structure, cultural vocabulary and sound systems, but without systematic sound correspondences, shared basic morphology or shared basic vocabulary.

Etemenanki
(Sumerian É.TEMEN.AN.KI “temple of the foundation of heaven and earth”) was the name of a ziggurat dedicated to Marduk in the city of Babylon of the 6th century BCE Neo-Babylonian dynasty. Originally 91 meters in height, little remains of it now except ruins.

Ziggurat
Ziggurats (/ˈzɪɡəræt/ zig-ər-at; Akkadian ziqqurat, D-stem of zaqāru “to build on a raised area”) were massive structures built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley and western Iranian plateau, having the form of a terraced step pyramid of successively receding stories or levels.
Notable ziggurats include the Great Ziggurat of Ur near Nasiriyah, Iraq; the Ziggurat of Aqar Quf near Baghdad, Iraq; the now destroyed Etemenanki in Babylon (possibly the inspiration behind the biblical story of the Tower of Babel); Chogha Zanbil in Khūzestān, Iran; and Sialk near Kashan, Iran.

Emoji
(Japanese pronunciation: [emodʑi]) are the ideograms or smileys used in Japanese electronic messages and Web pages, the use of which is spreading outside Japan. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji literally means “picture” (e) + “character” (moji).

Арал – RU
The Aral Sea

entre les fleuves – FR
between two streams (rivers)

Языковой союз как кара, как главный грех – RU
языковой союз (yazykovoy soyz) = language union
кара (‘karə) = punishment, scourge
главный (‘glavnɨj) = chief, capital, head, main, central, magistral, major, primal, principal
грех (grʲex) = sin

Весь этот бред альтруистический – RU
бред (brʲet) = delirium, gibberish, ravings, rave, raving
альтруистический = altruistic

bien dit, mais quelle tristesse! – FR
well said, but how sad ( what a pity )!

тоска неземная! – RU
тоска (ta’ska): melancholy, depression yearning anguish boredom, ennui
неземная = unearthly extraterrestrial supernatural heavenly

Вселенная тоже смертная – RU
вселенная (fsʲi’lʲenːəjə) = universe
тоже (‘toʒɨ) = also, too
смертная = mortal, deadly, fatal, death, capital

Acknowledgements
archive.org; freesound.org; Encyclopedia Britannica; background conversation from Gaus Island, Philippines; song “Nagasaki Butterfly”” – Verse: K. Fujiura, Music: N. Takeoka, Singer: Ho Mei Fan, Columbia Orchestra

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Crab Nebula
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TODESSA SEASON 02, EPISODE 03

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Antennae Galaxies
The Antennae Galaxies are undergoing a galactic collision. Located in the NGC 4038 group with five other galaxies, these two galaxies are known as the Antennae Galaxies because the two long tails of stars, gas and dust ejected from the galaxies as a result of the collision resemble an insect’s antennae. The nuclei of the two galaxies are joining to become one giant galaxy. Most galaxies probably undergo at least one significant collision in their lifetimes. This is likely the future of our Milky Way when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy.

Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula is the shattered remnant of a massive star that ended its life in a supernova explosion. Nearly a thousand years old, the supernova was noted in the constellation of Taurus by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054 AD.
The nebula is about 6,500 light-years away from the Earth, and is 5 light-years across.
At the centre of the Crab Nebula are two faint stars, one of which is the star responsible for the existence of the nebula. It was identified as such in 1942.The region around the star was found to be a strong source of radio waves in 1949 and X-rays in 1963,and was identified as one of the brightest objects in the sky in gamma rays in 1967.Then, in 1968, the star was found to be emitting its radiation in rapid pulses, becoming one of the first pulsars to be discovered.
Pulsars are sources of powerful electromagnetic radiation, emitted in short and extremely regular pulses many times a second. They were a great mystery when discovered in 1967, and the team who identified the first one considered the possibility that it could be a signal from an advanced civilization…

DICTIONARIES:
des mouches significatives / devant les yeux – FR
mouche [muʃ] = fly
significatif,-ive [siŋifikatif, iv] = significant, revealing, meaningful
devant[d(ə)vɑ̃] = in front of
œil [œj], pluriel yeux – eye

душевные порывы – RU
душевный (du’ʃɛvnɨj) – soulful, psychical, mental, warm-hearted, internal
порыв (pa’rɨf) – air-blast, gust, scud, elan, impulse, urge

ψυχή – GR
The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūkhē) was “life” in the sense of “breath”, formed from the verb ψύχω (psukhō, “to blow”). Derived meanings included “spirit”, “soul”, “ghost”, and ultimately “self” in the sense of “conscious personality” or “psyche”.

im Krebs /allein/ gang – DE
something between “im Krebsgang” and “im Alleingang”
Krebs = crab
Krebsgang – Crabwalk, (fig)retrogression
im Krebsgang gehen – to regress, to go backwards
Alleingang – (figurative(= Tat) solo effort
etw im Alleingang machen (figurative) to do sth on one’s own

Acknowledgements
freesound.org, archive.org, hubblesite.org, cdli.ucla.edu, Wikipedia, Britannica, nasa.gov, Florent Renaud /Simulation of the Antennae galaxies. Movie by B. Thooris, CEA/IRFU/, Antennae Galaxies, Crab Nebula

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Pictogram
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

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Pictogram
A pictogram, also called pictograph, or simply ‘icon’ is an ideogram that conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object. Pictographs are often used in writing and graphic systems in which the characters are to a considerable extent pictorial in appearance.
Pictography is a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings, similarly to cuneiform and, to some extent, hieroglyphic writing, which also uses drawings as phonetic letters or determinative rhymes.
Early written symbols were based on pictographs (pictures which resemble what they signify) and ideograms (symbols which represent ideas). Ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, and Chinese civilizations began to use such symbols over, developing them into logographic writing systems. Pictographs are still in use as the main medium of written communication in some non-literate cultures in Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Pictographs are often used as simple, pictorial, representational symbols by most contemporary cultures.

Dingir
Dingir (usually transliterated diĝir, pronounced /diŋir/) is a cuneiform sign, most commonly the determinative for “deity”. As a determinative, it is not pronounced, and is conventionally transliterated as a superscript “D” as in e.g. DInanna. Generically, dingir can be translated as “god” or “goddess”.
The sign in Sumerian cuneiform (DIĜIR, ) by itself represents the Sumerian word an (“sky” or “heaven”), the ideogram for An or the word diĝir (“god”), the supreme deity of the Sumerian pantheon. In Assyrian cuneiform, it (AN, DIĜIR) could be either an ideogram for “deity” (ilum) or a syllabogram for an, or ìl-.
The concept of “divinity” in Sumerian is closely associated with the heavens, as is evident from the fact that the cuneiform sign doubles as the ideogram for “sky”, and that its original shape is the picture of a star. The original association of “divinity” is thus with “bright” or “shining” hierophanies in the sky.

The plural of diĝir is diĝir-diĝir.

The Russian-English Dictionary
высший (‘vɨʃːɨj) – high, highest, superior, supreme
смысл (smɨsl) – sense, meaning
это (‘ɛtə) – it, be, it’s, that’s, this, this is
низшее/низший (‘nɨsʃːɨj) – lower, inferior, primitive, undermost
растение (ra’sʲtʲenʲije) – plant, herb

высший смысл – это низшее растение = the higher meaning – that’s a lower (primitive, simple) plant

The Spanish-English Dictionary
masa encefálica = brain matter

The German-English Dictionary
Das waren wir = That was us

Acknowledgements
CDLI, Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, Sumer

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Lullaby
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

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Akkadian
Akkadian language, also spelled Accadian, also called Assyro-Babylonian, extinct Semitic language of the Northern Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia from the 3rd to the 1st millennium bce.

Cuneiform
Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known systems of writing, distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, made by means of a blunt reed for a stylus. The name cuneiform itself simply means “wedge shaped”, from the Latin cuneus “wedge” and forma “shape,” and came into English usage probably from Old French cunéiforme.
Cuneiform was the most widespread and historically significant writing system in the ancient Middle East. Its active history comprised the last three millennia bce, its long development and geographic expansion involved numerous successive cultures and languages…

The Russian-English Dictionary

прекрасная(prʲi’krasnəjə) beautiful; fine; splendid; excellent; lovely; superb; brave; elegant; gallant; goodly; gorgeous;
great; noble; Apollonian; glorious; peachy; perfect; sheen; fairy; lovely; sovereign; marvellous

и (i)
and

очень (‘oʧʲinʲ)
very; much; highly; exceedingly; extremely; pretty much; very much; enormously; deeply

грустная(‘grusnəjə) sad; sorrowful; dreary; deplorable; drear; dumpish; elegiac; lamentable; melancholy;
sorry; wailful;lamenting; ruthful; yearnful; lachrymose; mirthless; plaintive; wistful; sad-faced; badly; blue; down; mournful; disappointing; melancholic; dejected

Acknowledgements
freesound.org, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia

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