Enuma Elish

The Enûma Eliš is a Babylonian creation myth that has about a thousand lines and is recorded in Old Babylonian on seven clay tablets. This epic is one of the most important because it is centered on the supremacy of Marduk (deity) and the creation of mankind for the service of the gods. According to the myth, the goddess Ninhursag created humans from clay.

The first tablet begins with:

When the sky above was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsû, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamat, the mother of them both,
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the gods none had been called into being.

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