Tradition assures us that mankind spoke it before the building of the Tower of Babel, which caused its distortion and, for most people, led to this sacred dialect being completely lost to memory.¹
(…) and the kingship was taken to Šuruppag. In Šuruppag, Ubara-Tutu became king; he ruled for 18600 years. 1 king; he ruled for 18600 years. In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241200 years. Then the flood swept over.
Šuruppag gave instructions to his son; Šuruppag, the son of Ubara-Tutu, gave instructions to his son…
By day, the water flowed and gathered. ⁵
- Line 45 demonstrates that the sport of (stone) bull-leaping was a rite of passage to adulthood.
- Entertainment in the form of story-telling was accompanied by the music of flutes, with a clear reference to one type; a double flute, the “foreign dadi flute”. ⁶
- The basket was understood as analogy for a sailing vessel, including
the cosmic ship and Noah’s ark. A ritual involving three woven baskets
is mentioned on lines 209-211.
[ a reed vessel was produced using three reed cores. - arclein ]
- Most important of all, it proves that the Great Flood, Noah and his
Ark were already documented ca.2600-2500 BC, several centuries earlier
than any other references. For the pleasure of labouring that point, THE
STORY OF SUKURRU is the first known account of the Flood, pre-dating
all other Mesopotamian mentions.
[ this is excellent news as all the key event is around 12900 BP and successor floods would be notable but also survivable. arclein ]