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Time past in time present

The mes or concepts/technologies/institutions Sumerians believed the gods gave to humans as the foundations of civilization is a haunting concept. I'm sure a lot has been changed and added through the multiple layers of translation (we are talking about five thousand years old texts referring to myths that were already two or three thousand years old by then), but still, look how the goddess Inanna described part of what Enki, god of Eridu (if not the oldest city in the world, not much younger than it) gave her as what we might call the building blocks of civilization:


He has given me righteousness. He has given me the plundering of cities. He has given me making lamentations. He has given me rejoicing.

He has given me deceit. He has given me the rebel lands. He has given me kindness. He has given me being on the move. He has given me being sedentary.

He has given me the craft of the carpenter. He has given me the craft of the coppersmith. He has given me the craft of the scribe. He has given me the craft of the smith. He has given me the craft of the leather-worker. He has given me the craft of the fuller. He has given me the craft of the builder. He has given me the craft of the reed-worker.

He has given me wisdom. He has given me attentiveness. He has given me holy purification rites. He has given me the shepherd's hut. He has given me piling up glowing charcoals. He has given me the sheepfold. He has given me respect. He has given me awe. He has given me reverent silence.

He has given me the bitter-toothed (?) ……. He has given me the kindling of fire. He has given me the extinguishing of fire. He has given me hard work. He has given me ……. He has given me the assembled family. He has given me descendants. He has given me strife. He has given me triumph. He has given me counselling.


The list goes on: descent into the netherworld, ascent from the netherworld, sex, prostitution, weapons, the flood, art... I love the concept of me, the list of them, and, very much, the fragment I listed above. Again, it's a translation of a translation of a vague memory mostly made up on the spot, but if we can still be moved by the KJV Bible (and this morning I was thinking about how I walk through the valley of the shadow of death is as perfect a fragment of English as I have ever read), why not enjoy the beauty in this?

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Notes For a Comparative Mythology of Bats

The Batman Begins world differs in some interesting (and, in most cases, HOT) ways from comics canon, but nowhere more completely, and in my opinion, more significantly, than in the path that takes the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne into the Bat. While the movie follows canon admirably up to the death of his parents, the story after that becomes different in very interesting, vastly important, ways.

Spoilers below the cutCollapse )

In significant ways, this isn't the Batman mythos. But, in all honesty: it's almost as interesting.

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