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The Eridu Genesis
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian

TODESSA SEASON 02, EPISODE 06

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POEMS IN POSTHUMAN AKKADIAN

written by General Totleben
© Ivan Stanev, executor testamentarius

Read THE ERIDU GENESIS h e r e

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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