Similar to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, funerary rituals for at least some Sumerian kings involved a journey from earth to heaven, with ceremonies that involved sailed “heavenly” boats, or ritualistically releasing a caged bird. Presumably, upon death, with the blessings of the gods, third-millennium kings had the opportunity to become astral bodies while simultaneously living out eternity as ghosts in the underworld.
If you’re a Sumerian geek you may truly get a kick out of what I found today browsing the internet: a reference to OM/AUM in Hymn 31 of the Sumerian chants on a blog called The Spiritual Sun. What? Not so surprising to me. But first, let me clarify by reposting here some of theContinue reading “Om, Sumerians and the Sumero/Tamil Connection”
What did the Sumerian people wear? Here are some tantalizing pictures…. And here is what World History Center says about the topic: Sumerian Clothing and Dress Ancient Mesopotamia was situated in the area of land that is defined by the two great rivers the Tigris and the Euphrates and that is contained within modernContinue reading “What The Sumerians Wore”
I’m pleased to announce that WordPlaySound published a podcast of me reading the first chapter of The Faithful Son. I’ve since polished the chapter, but it’s pretty much the same. The Man In The Lion’s Skin starts at minute 8:31. Enjoy!
While doing research for my retelling of Gilgamesh I was trying to discover what types of musical instruments the Sumerian people played, and how sophisticated their pipes, flutes, drums and sitars might be. As it turns out, very. Not only did the Sumerian play a significant number of wind, percussion, and string instruments, they alsoContinue reading “Sumerian Music – the real deal”
Cuneiform TI sign Ancient Near East portal Cuneiform TI or TÌL (Borger 2003 nr. ; U+122FE 𒋾) has the main meaning of “life” when used ideographically. The written sign developed from the drawing of an arrow, since the words meaning “arrow” and “life” were pronounced similarly in the Sumerian language. With the determinative UZU 𒍜 “flesh, meat”, UZUTI, it means “rib”. This homophonyContinue reading “Sumerian Connections to the Bible”