The Mesopotamian ritual-prayer Nisaba 1, a monolingual text in Akkadian addressed to the goddess of grain, blends the functionality of two genres: Akkadian Šuillas and Kultmittelbeschwörungen . Like Kultmittelbeschwörungen , it is addressed to a material (here, the flour identified with Nisaba) in order to activate it for ritual use. As do other Akkadian Šuilla-prayers, it serves to gain a favorable reception from an influential deity whose powerful intercession it requests for reconciling the speaker with his or her personal god and goddess. The royal ritual bīt salā’ mê provides important context for establishing functionality. An edition of the prayer is appended to the article.
Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions – Brill
Published: Sep 1, 2011
Keywords: Mesopotamia; ritual; prayer; šuilla; Kultmittelbeschwörungen ; Nisaba