Thespis: Ritual, Myth, and Drama in the Ancient Near East

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will duly install him on a diorite throne in that place,
and all the (other) gods will stand around.

(Similarly,) at Kastama,
Zashapunas will take precedence over all the gods.*
Moreover, inasmuch as Zalinuis is his consort,
and Tazuwassi his mistress,
the officers will install those three on * * *

The same procedure will obtain also in the city of Tanipiya.

Moreover, territory will be allocated (in each case) by the (local) king,
even six acres of meadowland, one acre of the royal orchard,
a house and barn, three servant's quarters.
and (the deity) will take up residence there."


VII
COLOPHON

I profess reverence for the god Zashapunas

* *

*


APPENDIX

A fragment of the Puruli ritual is preserved in KUB XXV, 31. The ceremonies appear to involve the refurnishing of the temple of Telipinu. The priest presents to him a sacred pole and the ritual stands which go with it [lines 5-6: GIšeyanGIšistannas kwit harpan[zi] [LÚ ŠAN]GA dTelipinu dāi]. The sacred fleeces which hung in the temple and the sacred hupp[ulius?] (chairs?), both of which are now the worse for wear, are formally burned and replaced with new ones [lines 6-7: KUškursus ùGIšhupp[ulius] warnuanzi; nu appa newan iyan [danzi] ]. Two bronze axes and two bronze knives are produced, as well as mixed drink and hot loaves [lines 9-10: kē pedai: I kuskalessar . . . NINDA ān . . . II PAŠU ZABAR GAL . . . II GIR ZABAR . . ]. Black and white goats are offered together with their fleeces to Telipinu and Zababa, and libations are poured. One hundred loaves are also presented [lines 14-18].

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*
Lit. "Zashapunas (will be) supreme over all the gods of Kastama."
Lit. "Similarly in Tanipiya."
i.e. for the servants of Zashapunas, Zalinuis and Tazuwassi respectively?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Author's Preface ix
  • Table of Contents xiii
  • Part One 1
  • Chapter One - The Components of Drama 3
  • Chapter Two - The Seasonal Pattern in Ritual 6
  • Chapter Three - The Seasonal Pattern in the Ancient Near East 34
  • Chapter Four - The Seasonal Pattern in Myth 49
  • Chapter Five - The Seasonal Pattern in Literature 73
  • Part Two 109
  • Canaanite Texts 113
  • Appendix - Unplaced Fragments 223
  • Introduction 225
  • Introduction 257
  • Hittite Texts 315
  • Appendix 336
  • Introduction 337
  • 3. the Myth of Telipinu 353
  • Egyptian Texts 381
  • Introduction 405
  • Act One 407
  • Act Four 409
  • Act Six 410
  • Hebrew Texts 413
  • Greek Texts 429
  • The English Mummers' Play 439
  • Appendix - Philological Notes 445
  • Index of Motifs 461
  • Index of Subjects and Authors 467
  • Bibliography 483
  • Abreviations 497
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