When the gods were man they did forced labor, they bore drudgery. Great indeed was the drudgery of the gods,the forced labor was heavy, the misery too much:the seven great Anuna-gods were burdening the Igigi-gods with forced labor. The gods were digging watercourses,canals they opened, the life of the land…They heaped up all the mountains……. They were complaining, denouncing.. muttering down in the ditch: ”Let us face up to our foreman the prefect, he must take off our heavy burden upon us! Enlil, counselor of the gods, the warrior, come, let us remove him from his dwelling;..”Now them, call for battle,battle let us join, warfare The gods heard his words: they set fire to their tools, they put fire to their spaces,and flame to their workbaskets.Off they went, one and all,to the gate of the warrior Enlil’s abode It was night, half-way through the watch, the house was surrounded, but the god did not know… Nusku opened his gate, took his weapons …Enlil .In the assembly of all the gods…he knelt, stood up, expounded the command, ”Anu, your father, your counsellor, the warrior Enlil,your prefect.. have sent me to say: who is not the instigator of this battle? Who is the instigator of these hostilities? who declared war, that battle has run up to the gate of Enlil ..”Everyone of us gods has declared war; … drudgery has killed us, our forced labor was heavy, the misery too much! Now, everyone of us gods has resolved on a reckoning with Enlil.”
Ea ..said to the gods, his brothers:”What calumny do we lay to their charge? Their forced labor was heavy, their misery too much! Every day …the outcry was loud, we could hear the clamor.There is …Belet-ili, the midwife, is present.let her create, then, a human, a man, Let him bear the yoke! Let man assume the drudgery of the god.
Belet-ili, the midwife, is present. Let the midwife create a human being!–They summoned and asked the goddess the midwife of the gods, wise Mami: ”Will you be the birth goddess, creatress of mankind? Create a human being, that he bear the yoke..
”It is not for me to do it, the task is Enki’s.He it is that cleanses all,let him provide me the clay so I can do the making.”Enki sai… Let Nintu mix clay with his flesh and blood…From the flesh of the god let a spirit remain,…Nintu mixed clay with his flesh and blood.That same god and man were thoroughly mixed in the clay… Lest he be allowed to be forgotten, the spirit remained. After she had mixed the clay,she summoned the Anunna, the great gods. The Igigi, the great gods, spat upon the clay.Mami said .. ”You ordered me the task and I have completed it! You have slaughtered the god, along with his inspiration.I have done away with your heavy forced labor, I have imposed your drudgery on man.You have bestowed clamor upon mankind.I have released the yoke, I have made restoration.”
They heard this speech of hers, ran, free of care, and kissed her feet, saying:”Formerly we used to call you Mami,now let your name be Belet-kala-ili:”
The human population increases and their noise disturbs the gods, who decide to wipe out mankind. The god Enki, however, sends a dream to Atrahasis. When the text resumes, Enki is still speaking.Enki explains Atraḥasis’ dreaM…Enlil committed an evil deed against the people.”[i.c11] Atraḥasis made ready to speak,nd said to his lord:”Make me know the meaning of the dream.let me know, that I may look out for its consequence.”
Enki said to his servant:”You might say, ’Am I to be looking out while in the bedroom?’Do you pay attention to message that I speak for your:…Reed wall, pay attention to all my words!Flee the house, build a boat, forsake possessions, and save life… Roof her over like the depth,nso that the sun shall not see inside her.Let her be roofed over fore and aft.nThe gear should be very strong,nthe pitch should be firm, and so give the boat strength.
I will shower down upon you latern.. windfall of birds, a spate of fishes.'”He opened the water clock and filled it,nnhe told it of the coming of the seven-day deluge.
Atraḥasis received the command.He assembled the Elders at his gate. said to the Elders:”My god does not agree with your god,Enki and Enlil are constantly angry with each other.They have expelled me from the land. Since I have always reverenced Enki,he told me this.I can not live in …Nor can I set my feet on the earth of Enlil.I will dwell with my god in the depths.his he told me: …”The Elders …The carpenter carried his axe,the reedworker carried his stone,the rich man carried the pitch,the poor man brought the materials needed.
..Pure animals he slaughtered, cattle …Fat animals he killed. Sheep …he choose and and brought on board.] The birds flying in the heavens,the cattle and the … of the cattle god,the creatures of the steppe,… he brought on board…he invited his people… to a feast… his family was brought on board.While one was eating an another was drinking,he went in and out; he could not sit, could not kneel,for his heart was broken, he was retching gallof the weather changed... began to roar in the clouds. ,, The god they heard, his clamor…He brought pitch to seal his door. By the time he had bolted his door,Adad was roaring in the clouds.The winds were furious as he set forth, He cut the mooring rope and released the boat.
the storm ….. were yoked..Anzu rent the sky with his talons, ( Inanna???) He … the land .. and broke its clamor like a pot. … the flood came forth.
Its power came upn the peoples like a battle, one person did not see another, they could not recognize each other in the catastrophe.The deluge belowed like a bull,
The wind resounded like a screaming eagle.The darkness was dense, the sun was gone,… like flies.the clamor of the deluge.. The gods find themselves hungry because there are no farmers left and sacrifices are no longer brought. When they discover that Atrahasis has survived, they make a plan to make sure that the noise will remain within limits: they invent childbirth, infant mortality, and celibacy.]
Enki made ready to speak,and said to Nintu the birth goddess:”You, birth goddess, creatress of destinies, establish DEATH for all peoples!
..let there be a third woman among the people,among the people are the woman who has borne and the woman who has not borne.. the pasittu (she-demon): Let her snatch the baby from the lap who bore it. And etablish high priestesses and priestesses,let them be taboo,note and so cut down childbirth.”
DELVIS NERKORTAT FRÅN https://www.livius.org/sources/content/anet/104-106-the-epic-of-atrahasis/#end