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Tuppi Shimati

by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
"Tablets of Destiny." This object of power, evidently an amulet that was worn on the chest, was a device prized by the gods. Possession signified that god was fit to rule over the entire pantheon. In one account Marduk battled Tiamat and Kingu for it, in another, Anzu steals it from Enlil. Ninurta must defeat Anzu to retrieve it and so restore the proper natural order. It is also described as the possession of Ashur, the supreme god of Assyrian mythology. (Enuma Elish tablets I, II, IV; British Museum K 6177 and 8869; Bin Shar Dadme tablets I and II).

Article copyright 2004 Geoffrey Dennis.

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