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Letter from Inanaka to the goddess Nintinuga

1-11. Say to Nintinuga, the reliable stewardess of the E-kur, the physician of the Land; repeat to the lady, whose incantation heals the multitude of people, whose spells make the people recover, to {my}{(1 ms. has instead:) the} relenting lady, who loves to revive the people and loves supplications, the merciful and compassionate one who listens to prayers. You are the caretaker of the living and the dead; you are the great healer of all the crippled ones. This is what Inanaka, the daughter of Enlil-a-mah, your maidservant says:

12-18. I have fallen ill {for a second time}{(1 ms. has instead:) twice (?)}, but I do not yet know the divine oracle concerning {my being in agonies}{(1 ms. has instead:) these agonies}. {(1 ms. adds:) …….} My lady, a house has been built for me, but I have to sit there with longing eyes. My valued acquaintances {keep}{(1 ms. has instead:) stay} away from me. I have no one who would take care of me. Since this is full, too full for me, I am distressed.

19-25. If it pleases my lady, {and the asag demon which is in my body leaves my body, and thus}{(some mss. have instead:) may the asag demon which is in my body leave my body, so that} {it (the asag demon) allows me}{(1 ms. has instead:) I can} step again on the {path}{(1 ms. has instead:) ground} of life with my feet. {I will then be your maidservant, the courtyard sweeper of your temple, and will serve you. Furthermore after I have recovered, I will name you, my lady, as "the healer of the crippled"} {(some mss. have instead:) I will then be her maidservant, the courtyard sweeper of her temple, and will serve her. Furthermore after I have recovered, I will name her, my lady, as "the healer of the crippled"}.

Revision history

01.iv.2001: EFH, editor: adapting translation
18.v.2003: GZ, editor: adapting translation GC/JE, editor/technical developer: XML/TEI conversion
01.vii.2005: GC/JE, senior editor/technical developer: web publication

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