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The Babylonian Legends of the Creation

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The story of creation as told by Assyrian tablets found in Nineveh.
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published May 12th 2012 (first published 1921)
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Aaron Meyer
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the opening chapters with all the information that was contained therein. The only thing about the kindle edition I didn't like was the missing photographs. Mainly because the descriptions of the photos were there and weren't very well separated from the main text so as to become annoying. The translation was good but there is alot of missing sections. Since this was such an early translation hopefully we have found the missing pieces to flesh out any newer translations out there. ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm think I liked it because I'm into this kind of thing. I like to see connections throughout the ages. This points out a few of the similarities that are held among the creation stories and even shows some of the connections of poetry style from this babylonian text and hebrew texts. ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe I should have rated it a 5. The problem is, there are so many lacunae! So, as a story it gets a tad confusing.

But that's no charge against Budge.
Katriena Knights
Good overview

Great to have these texts easily available. Electronic format isn't the most accessible presentation and the text suffers from the lack of the referenced illustrative plates.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion

But requires a good deal of knowledge of the literature in order to be really useful. Not for the beginner
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Babylonians/Assyrians/etc fascinate me. That so much is lost and known only in cobbled-together pieces across civilizations is equally fascinating. So much of modern concepts of these cultures is tarred by the accounts of them in the Bible— oversimplified religion, perceived as heathens and awful people. So a fresh look at their beliefs gives new perspective.
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Babylonian Myths, Anunaki, Creation stories, Genesis
The Babylonian Legends of Creation (1921) was an awesome follow-up to E.A. Wallis Budge's previous short book on the subject of the Great Flood and the Epic of Gilgamish called The Babylonian Story of the Deluge(1920). I don't know if somehow my disgruntlement with the lack of maps and illustrations made it back in time to 1921 or if someone re-edited the book, but happily, my edition of Legends of Creation did include both a map and illustrations of different gods and demons.

What the book is a
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is based on translations of tablets found from the Babylonian area. They include a Babylonian version of the legend of the great flood. It notes that some portions of the legend of creation from that civilization are similar to the traditional legends of creations found in the Bible.

One problem in compiling the legends was the number of tablets found,(in the thousands), and getting those translated and the translations compiled in one central source.

The main god involved in the creation l
Great research

- Quote: "There was a time in which there existed nothing but darkness and an abyss of waters, wherein resided most hideous beings, which were produced on a two-fold principle. There appeared men, some of whom were furnished with two wings, others with four, and with two faces. They had one body but two heads; the one that of a man, the other of a woman; and likewise in their several organs both male and female."
- Thoughts: It is a clarifying experience to find that so many roots
Zulu Adams
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this on a whim and it turned out to be a very interesting quick read. Trying to draw parallels with other religious myths is obviously part of the fun too. It's a shame the tablets were partly unreadable but the author seems to have managed well with the gaps. The missing photos in the Kindle edition are frustrating though. ...more
Judy Jackson
I give this such a high rating because of its importance to the history of religion. It staggers the imagination to think of Sir Wallis translating this manuscript from clay tablets in cuneiform, many of them in fragments. It is also important for our understanding of the early history of that part of the world.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
This might be of interest to a scholar of ancient mythology who's on the lookout for primary sources, but to the casual reader who's only interested in discovering new myths and legends, it can get rather fragmented, confusing, and obnoxiously repetitive. ...more
Frans Kempe
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This edition is missing the pictures which makes alot of the material a bit unclear.
Adam Smith
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Creation stories are always interesting. There is a lot that can be learnt from history. Shame that parts of the narrative have been lost over the years.

Worth reading.
Formatting was bad, but interesting.
Lisa James
Quite fascinating! I used this small booklet as a reference for a research paper I wrote this year.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good translation, easier to read than the more popular L W King translation.
Jordi Polo Carres
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Muy interesante la primera mitad donde resume y explica las tablas.
La segunda mitad que son la transcripcion de las tablas es de menos interes a no ser que se sea un estudioso del tema.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Susan Alvarado
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, religion
Very interesting read. Incredible that we are able to have a peek into a culture from thousands of years ago
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Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East.

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