A-tra-hasis – A simple Inquiry (last update, Geez/Tigrigna translation)



Tablet I – Column I – Line 1 – 49


(1) As for them, who spend their day,

(2) saying he is not here, those who say, he corrupted people,

(3) the people were corrupted by the priests,

(4) they wanted to conceal the warnings, filthy offerings tormented

(5) a quarter of them. The Annuna-ku, humanity

(6) they said, they wanted to assist the Igigi.

(7) Anu then built a foundation,

(8) the prince then, he changed, and madeEnlil,

(9) he set free Ninurta,

(10) his child then Ennugi,

(11) ravens also he had, the ravens at that time,

(12) when he raised his hand, whatever he ordered,

(13) if Anu says, I am thirsty at that time,

(14)..xxx….and those who said drink, at that time,

(15) he ensnared them, tied them, and killed them

(16) As for those enemies of Enki, he plucked out

(17) Anu got drunk, those who said at that moment,

(18) Enki came, at that moment in a burning wood, he slayed them.

(19) …is……..the Listener

(20) ………..he said, the Igigi

(21) ……….I won’t select them

(22) ………..even if my friends die,

(23) ………..I won’t select them,

(24) … ………even if my friends die,

(25) …………and when he saw the hands of the guards,

(26) ………… He sealed it.

(27) ….sheltered

(28) ….what happened

(29) ….when he died

(30) …..and the one who died.

(31) ….. Relatives at that time,

(32)  …..he forgot at that time.

(33) …….. it became brighter,

(34) the devotion he wished at that time, people spoiled it.

(35) …….then sacrificed forty

(36)  the devotion he wished at that time, people spoiled it.

(37) ….xxx…40. the devotion being neglected , when he saw

(38) ………..those who said, they wanted, he came to see,

(39) he surprisingly attacked them, and cut off their body parts.

(40) And the one who gave the order, who was going to be sent,

(41) ….xxx….to the feast, Ini (short for the Annuna-ku) prohibited him,

(42) from, them, some wanted then, for him to be hanged,

(43)….xxx…. Master of the oil fields

(44) and who became Ini, the frugality of the people of that time

 (45) Enlil, Master of the oil fields

(46) who became, he stripped the people at that time,

(47) …xxx…to be harmful, he didn’t want the,

(48) and the disagreement at that time of cattle,

(49) …..xxx…the big feast, did you see ?


This is taken from Mr Wilfred G. Lambert and Mr Alan R. Millard’s ground breaking book,”The Babylonian story of the flood”. I have added it for comparison.



to be continued ……

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