A Cow of Sîn (Library of Oriental Texts #2) (Paperback)

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'A Cow of S n' is an Akkadian incantation for a woman in childbirth. It contains a small mythological narrative (about 20 lines) about the moongod and his beloved cow, Geme-S n. S n falls in love with his cow and impregantes her. When at the end of her pregnancy the birth-pangs begin, S n hears her cries in heaven. Two helping spirits descend to earth and perform a ritual to ease the birth. The incantation ends with a supplication: may this woman give birth as easily as Geme-S n. Veldhuis presents the various versions of the text and offers a literary analysis which takes into account the poetic and pragmatic aspects of the incantation. This study is meant both for the Assyriologist and for anyone interested in Akkadian literature.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789072371287
ISBN-10: 9072371283
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: January 1st, 1991
Pages: 78
Language: English
Series: Library of Oriental Texts