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While having an old filling replaced the other day, I had occasion to remember this 4000 year-old tale from ancient Sumer.

All praise be to Father Enki!


Father Enki and the Worm


In the beginning, all creatures came before Father Enki, Lord of Wisdom, and to each, he assigned its own proper food.

To the cow, he gave grass. To the lion, he gave the gazelle. To each creature, he gave its own proper food.

Finally, the worm came before him.

To you, worm, I give this to eat, said Father Enki.

No, no, I don't want that, said the worm.

Well then, worm, I give you this to eat, said Father Enki.

No, I don't want that, either, said the worm.

Father Enki was displeased. Well then, what do you want? he asked.

I want people's teeth for my food, said the worm.

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A Prayer to Tiamat

The last month has presented many changes, both physical and spiritual.  In the past month, I've dealt with some mobility-limiting injuries, preparation for the July birthdays in my household, and the completion of two novels, ready for publication.  During this time, when I allowed myself to be still and quiet my mind, I could hear a call to connect with the gods.  With all of my real-world distractions, I wasn't making time for it.  Then I heard someone else reciting a prayer for logic, calm, and open minds.  It was so beautiful and well sung, the inspiration to write my own prayer to one of the gods with whom I work, led to the following.


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A Servant of God or a Lover of Life by Carol P. Christ


Thus through an enormous network of mythological narrative, every aspect of culture is cloaked in the relationship of ruler and ruled, creator and created. . . . [Sumerian] legend endows the Sumerian ruler-gods with creative power; their subjects are recreated as servants. . . . [This new narrative was] deployed with the purpose of conditioning the mind anew. (20, italics added)

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