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35. Tiamat (Babylonian Mythology)

35. Tiamat (Babylonian Mythology)

Cover image: L. Gruner - 'Monuments of Nineveh, Second Series' plate 5, London, J. Murray, 1853

In today's episode we discuss Tiamat, the mother goddess of primordial chaos from the Babylonian epic the Eluma Elish. We talk about the importance of translation, the making of a monstrous woman, and how misogynistic culture influences depictions of women.

Sources:

Nammu, Inanna, & Tiamat—World History Encyclopedia

Enuma Elish - The Babylonian Epic of Creation - Full Text—World History Encyclopedia 

Enuma Elish - N.K. Sandars

Babylonian Creation Myths by W.G. Lambert

“Below Either/Or: Rereading Femininity and Monstrosity Inside Enuma Elish” by Zairong Xiang

“Give Me Back My Idol: Investigating the Dating of Enuma Elish” by E. Odin Yingling

The Avalon Project : Code of Hammurabi

 

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