Ea is a Trickster God in Both Babylonian Enuma Elish and the Hattian Kamarbi Cycle

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The Babylonian Enuma Elish and the Hattian Kumarbi Cycle are both succession myths that, although written by two different cultures, have certain characters in common, such as the Babylonian god Ea. There are many similarities in the portrayal of Ea in both works. For one, in both works Ea is depicted as a trickster god, deceiving Kumarbi into biting a rock and Apsu into falling asleep in order for him to kill him. However, Ea is also shown to be wise, acting as adviser of the gods in both myths. Moreover, like all trickster gods, Ea shapes the world around him in many ways. One way that he does so in the Enuma Elish is by transforming Anu into his palace, while in the Kumarbi Cycle he allows for Tessub’s birth. In both the Enuma Elish …show more content…
The Babylonian Enuma Elish and the Hattian Kumarbi Cycle are both succession myths that, although written by two different cultures, have certain characters in common, such as the Babylonian god Ea. There are many similarities in the portrayal of Ea in both works. For one, in both works Ea is depicted as a trickster god, deceiving Kumarbi into biting a rock and Apsu into falling asleep in order for him to kill him. However, Ea is also shown to be wise, acting as adviser of the gods in both myths. Moreover, like all trickster gods, Ea shapes the world around him in many ways. One way that he does so in the Enuma Elish is by transforming Anu into his palace, while in the Kumarbi Cycle he allows for Tessub’s birth. In both the Enuma Elish and the Kumarbi cycle, Ea acts as a trickster god, deceiving and shaping the story as it progresses. In the Enuma Elish, after discovering Apsu’s plot to destroy the other gods, Ea “recited [a lullaby and]…put Apsu to sleep, [then] held [him] down and slew him.” Ea was the only god clever enough to realize what Apsu was planning and come up with a plan to stop him. In the Song of Kumarbi, Kumarbi had to battle Anu for the throne; in the process, he castrated him, and swallowed his genitalia, causing him to become pregnant with Tessub. Kumarbi wanted to destroy Tessub, as he could be a liability to his position as king of the gods, and planned to “eat him up” once he was born. However, Ea, acting as his midwife, tricked him into biting a

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