Il mostruoso nelle mitologie sumerica e assiro-babilonese

Pietro Mander


In the theory of epigenesis living beings are created by agglutination of different elements. The monstrous entities are the result of a non regular agglutination. Nonetheless, on another side, an apparent disorder is what explicitly shows the inner nature of divine powers. Agglutinations of heterogeneous parts mirror the hidden connections of a net that crosses the universe, making divination, rituals and liturgies possible. The article lists evidence of this cosmological conception in different kinds of textual cuneiform documents.


Epigenesis; Mesopotamian cosmology; Images of divinities; Lugal-e; Enūma eliš; Gilgameš

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