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The Lost Language of Ancient Babylonian Plants: From Myth to Medicine

AuthorsBöck, Barbara
KeywordsEnki and Ninursaga
Enki and Fishes
Aquatic Plants
Medicine and Myth
Issue Date2018
PublisherSapienza Università di Roma
CitationMedicina nei Secoli 30/2 (2018) 505-530
AbstractThe Sumerian myth of Enki and Ninursaga, which conveys Enkis metaphorical nature as power behind the irrigation of the Mesopotamian marshlands, contains a passage that brings together plants, pains and deities. The raison dêtre for the choice of these eight plants has so far escaped scholars. In analysing the evidence for the plants according to cuneiform literary and medical sources the present contribution offers a discussion of their nature and possible connection with the god Enki providing thus an explanation for their choice and shedding light on the storytellers motivation for including the episode on plants in the myth.
Publisher version (URL)https://www.medicinaneisecoli.it/index.php/MedSecoli/article/view/1565/1443
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