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      Tammuz
      and Ishtar
      A Monograph Upon Babylonian Religion and
      Theology, Containing Extensive Extracts From the
      Tammuz Liturgies and All of the Arbela Oracles
      by
      Stephen Langdon


      Tammuz and Ishtar

      A Monograph Upon Babylonian Religion and Theology, Containing Extensive Extracts From the Tammuz Liturgies and All of the Arbela Oracles

      by Stephen Langdon

      Excerpt


      This is also true of the liturgies of the Tammuz cycle which were chanted at the midsummer wailings, although ceremonies accompanied these liturgies which originated in magic. The mysteries of the death and resurrection of the youthful god, the weeping mother and her descent to the shades of Aralu, were probably represented in some material way, but the chants themselves have little reference to such things. They are both spiritual and thoroughly human, poetical and skilfully liturgical. In order to place these in the hands of general readers I have translated in appropriate places a large number of extracts from the chants which were sung at the Tammuz wailings. Some of these extracts are revised translations of my previous edition, and some are given here for the first time. It is of course somewhat unusual to offer the first translation of important texts in a volume of this kind, but the critical editions of such texts are either in press or are withheld for special reasons. On the whole the reader will find here sufficient extracts from all the known texts of this cycle to form a fairly complete idea of this cult.

      Book Details


      PIBN10052965
      ISBN978-1-330-20800-7
      ISBN (Hardcover)978-1-5283-6235-1
      LanguageEnglish
      CategoryMythology
      Pages209
      Words54301
      Vocabulary2692

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