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Cow of Sin (Niek Veldhuis) Paperback Book, (Brill, 1991) 9789072371287
Cow of Sin (Niek Veldhuis) Paperback Book, (Brill, 1991) 9789072371287
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Title: A Cow of Sin

Author: Veldhuis, Niek

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1991

Paperback; ISBN: 9789072371287

Volumes: 1; Pages: 78

List Price in Paper: $39.00 Our price: $32.99

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'A Cow of Sn' is an Akkadian incantation for a woman in childbirth. It contains a small mythological narrative (about 20 lines) about the moongod and his beloved cow, Geme-Sn. Sn falls in love with his cow and impregantes her. When at the end of her pregnancy the birth-pangs begin, Sn hears her cries in heaven. Two helping spirits descend to earth and perform a ritual to ease the birth. The incantation ends with a supplication: may this woman give birth as easily as Geme-Sn. Veldhuis presents the various versions of the text and offers a literary analysis which takes into account the poetic and pragmatic aspects of the incantation. This study is meant both for the Assyriologist and for anyone interested in Akkadian literature.
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