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I. The Magan Text

   Hearken, and Remember!
   In the Name of ANU, Remember!
   In the Name of ENLIL, Remember!
   In the Name of ENKI, Remember!
   When on High the Heavens had not been named,
   The Earth had not been named,
   And Naught existed but the Seas of ABSU,
   The Ancient One,
   And MUMMU TIAMAT, the Ancient One
   Who bore them all,
   Their Waters as One Water.
   At this time, before the ELDER GODS had been brought forth,
   Uncalled by Name,
   Their destinies unknown and undetermined,
   Then it was that the Gods were formed within the Ancient Ones.
   LLMU and LLAAMU were brought forth and called by Name,
   And for Ages they grew in age and bearing.
   ANSHAR and KISHAR were brought forth,
   And brought forth ANU
   Who begat NUDIMMUD, Our Master ENKI,
   Who has no rival among the Gods.
   The Elder Ones came together
   They disturbed TIAMAT, the Ancient One, as they surged back and forth.
   Yea, they troubled the belly of TIAMAT
   By their Rebellion in the abode of Heaven.
   ABSU could not lessen their clamour
   TIAMAT was speechless at their ways.
   Their doings were loathsome unto the Ancient Ones.

   ABSU rose up to slay the Elder Gods by stealth.
   With magick charm and spell ABSU fought,
   But was slain by the sorcery of the Elder Gods.
   And it was their first victory.
   His body was lain in an empty Space
   In a crevice of the heavens
   He was lain,
   But his blood cried out to the Abode of Heaven.

   Filled with an Evil Motion
   Let us make Monsters
   That they may go out and do battle
   Against these Sons of Iniquity
   The murderous offspring who have destroyed
   A God.
   HUBUR arose, She who fashioneth all things,
   And possessor of Magick like unto Our Master.
   She added matchless weapons to the arsenals of the Ancient Ones,
   She bore Monster-Serpents
   Sharp of tooth, long of fang,
   She filled their bodies with venom for blood
   Roaring dragons she has clothed with Terror
   Has crowned them with Halos, making them as Gods,
   So that he who beholds them shall perish
   And, that, with their bodies reared up
   None might turn them back.
   She summoned the Viper, the Dragon, and the Winged Bull,
   The Great Lion, the Mad-God, and the Scorpion-Man.
   Mighty rabid Demons, Feathered-Serpents, the Horse-Man,
   Bearing weapons that spare no
   Fearless in Battle,
   Charmed with the spells of ancient sorcery,
   . . . withal Eleven of this kind she brought forth
   With KINGU as Leader of the Minions.


   Our Master
   Fearing defeat, summoned his Son
   Summoned his Son
   The Son of Magick
   Told him the Secret Name
   The Secret Number
   The Secret Shape
   Whereby he might do battle
   With the Ancient Horde
   And be victorious.

   Brightest Star among the Stars
   Strongest God among the Gods
   Son of Magick and the Sword
   Child of Wisdom and the Word
   Knower of the Secret Name
   Knower of the Secret Number
   Knower of the Secret Shape
   He armed himself with the Disc of Power
   In chariots of Fire he went forth
   With a shouting Voice he called the Spell
   With a Blazing Flame he filled his Body
   Dragons, Vipers, all fell down
   Lions, Horse-Men, all were slain.
   The Mighty creatures of HUBUR were slain
   The Spells, the Charms, the Sorcery were broken.
   Naught but TIAMAT remained.
   The Great Serpent, the Enormous Worm
   The Snake with iron teeth
   The Snake with sharpened claw
   The Snake with Eyes of Death,
   She lunged at MARDUK
   With a roar
   With a curse
   She lunged.
   MARDUK struck with the Disc of Power
   Blinded TIAMAT's Eyes of Death
   The Monster heaved and raised its back
   Struck forth in all directions
   Spitting ancient words of Power
   Screamed the ancient incantations
   MARDUK struck again and blew
   An Evil Wind into her body
   Which filled the raging, wicked Serpent
   MARDUK shot between her jaws
   The Charmed arrow of ENKI's Magick
   MARDUK struck again and severed
   The head of TIAMAT from its body.

   And all was silent.


   Took the Tablets of Destiny
   Hung them around his neck.
   Acclaimed of the Elder Gods was he.
   First among the Elder Ones was he.
   He split the sundered TIAMAT in twain
   And fashioned the heavens and the earth,
   With a Gate to keep the Ancient Ones Without.
   With a Gate whose Key is hid forever
   Save to the Sons of MARDUK
   Save to the Followers of Our Master
   First in Magick among the Gods.

   From the Blood of KINGU he fashioned Man.
   He constructed Watchtowers for the Elder Gods
   Fixing their astral bodies as constellations
   That they may watch the Gate of ABSU
   The Gate of TIAMAT they watch
   The Gate of KINGU they oversee
   The Gate whose Guardian is IAK SAKKAK they bind.
   All the Elder Powers resist
   The Force of Ancient Artistry
   The Magick Spell of the Oldest Ones
   The Incantation of the Primal Power
   The Mountain KUR, the Serpent God
   The Mountain MASHU, that of Magick
   The Dead KUTULU, Dead but Dreaming
   TIAMAT, Dead but Dreaming
   ABSU, KINGU, Dead but Dreaming
   And shall their generation come again?

   From a Time before Time
   From a Land beyond the Stars
   From the Age when ANU walked the earth
   In company of Bright Angels.
   We have survived the first War
   Between the Powers of the Gods
   And have seen the wrath of the Ancient Ones
   Dark Angels
   Vent upon the Earth
   We have survived the Age when ABSU ruled the Earth
   And the Power destroyed out generations.
   We have survived on tops of mountains
   And beneath the feet of mountains
   And have spoken with the Scorpions
   In allegiance and were betrayed.
   And TIAMAT has promised us nevermore to attack
   With water and with wind.
   But the Gods are forgetful.
   Beneath the Seas of NAR MATTARU
   Beneath the Seas of the Earth, NAR MATTARU
   Beneath the World lays sleeping
   The God of Anger, Dead but Dreaming
   The God of CUTHALU, Dead but Dreaming!
   The Lord of KUR, calm but thunderous!
   The One-Eyes Sword, cold but burning!

   He who awakens Him calls the ancient
   Vengeance of the Elder Ones
   The Seven Glorious Gods
   of the Seven Glorious Cities
   Upon himself and upon the World
   And old vengeance . . .

   Know that our years are the years of War
   And our days are measured as battles
   And every hour is a Life
   Lost to the Outside
   Those from Without
   Have builded up charnel houses
   To nourish the fiends of TIAMAT
   And the Blood of the weakest here
   Is libation unto TIAMAT
   Queen of the Ghouls
   Wreaker of Pain
   And to invoke her
   The Red Water of Life
   Need be split on a stone
   The stone struck with a sword
   That hath slain eleven men
   Sacrifices to HUBUR
   So that the Strike ringeth out
   And call TIAMAT from Her slumber
   From her sleep in the Caverns
   Of the Earth.

   And none may dare entreat further
   For to invoke Death is to utter
   The final prayer.

II. Of the Generations of the Ancient Ones

   The account of the generations
   Of the Ancient Ones here rendered
   Of the generations of the Ancient Ones
   Here remembered.
   Cold and Rain that erode all things
   They are the Evil Spirits
   In the creation of ANU spawned
   Plague Gods
   And the Beloved Sons of ENG
   The Offspring of NINNKIGAL
   Rending in pieces on high Bringing destruction below
   They are Children of the Underworld
   Loudly roaring on high
   Gibbering loathsomely below
   They are the bitter venom of the Gods.
   The great storms directed from heaven
   Those are they
   The Owl, Messenger of UGGI
   Lord of Death
   Those they are

   The highest walls
   The thickest walls
   The strongest walls
   Like a flood they pass
   From house to house
   They ravage
   No door can shut them out
   No bolt can turn them back
   Through the door like snakes they slide
   Through the bolts like winds they blow
   Pulling the wife from the embrace of the husband
   Snatching the child from the loins of man
   Banishing the man from his home, his land

   The spirit of the harlot that hath died in the streets
   The spirit of the woman that hath died in childbirth
   The spirit of the woman that hath dies, weeping with a babe at the breast
   The spirit of an evil man
   One that haunteth the streets
   Or one that haunteth the bed.
   They are Seven!
   Seven are they!
   Those Seven were born in the Mountains of MASHU
   Called Magick
   They dwell within the Caverns of the Earth
   Amid the desolate places of the Earth they live
   Amid the places between
   The Places
   Unknown in heaven and in earth
   They are arrayed in terror
   Among the Elder Gods there is no knowledge of them
   They have no name
   Not in heaven
   Nor on earth
   They ride over the Mountain of Sunset
   And on the Mountain of Dawn they cry
   Through the Caverns of the Earth they creep
   Amid the desolate places of the Earth they lie
   Nowhere are they known
   Not in heaven
   Nor in the Earth
   Are they discovered
   For their place is outside our place
   And between the angles of the Earth
   They lie in wait
   Crouching for the Sacrifice

   Falling like rain from the sky
   Issuing like mist from the earth
   Doors do not stop them
   Bolts do not stop them
   They glide in at the doors like serpents
   They enter by the windows like the wind
   IDPA they are, entering by the head
   NAMTAR they are, entering by the heart
   UTUK they are, entering by the brow
   ALAL they are, entering by the chest
   GIGIM they are, seizing the bowels
   TELAL they are, grasping the hand
   URUKU they are, giant Larvae, feeding on the Blood
   They are Seven!
   Seven are They!
   They seize all the towers
   From UR to NIPPUR
   Yet UR knows them not
   Yet NIPPUR does not know them
   They have brought down the mighty
   Of all the mighty Cities of man
   Yet man knows them not
   Yes the Cities do not know them
   They have struck down the forests of the East
   And have flooded the Lands of the West
   Yet the East knows them not
   Yet the West does not know them
   They are a hand grasping at the neck
   Yet the neck does not know them
   And man knows them not.
   Their words are Unwrit
   Their numbers are Unknown
   Their shapes are all Shapes
   Their habitations
   The desolate places where their Rites are performed
   Their habitations
   The haunts of man where a sacrifice has been offered
   Their habitations
   The lands here
   And cities here
   And the lands between the lands
   The cities between the cities
   In spaces no man has ever walked
   The country from whence no traveller returns
   In the altar of the Temple of the Dead
   And at GI UMUNA
   At their Mother's breast
   At the Foundations of CHAOS
   And at the Gates


III. Of the Forgotten Generations of Man

   And was not Man created from the blood of KINGU
   Commander of the hordes of the Ancient Ones?
   Does not man possess in his spirit
   The sees of rebellion against the Elder Gods?
   And the blood of Man is the Blood of Vengeance
   And the blood of Man is the Spirit of Vengeance
   And the Power of Man is the Power of the Ancient Ones
   And this is the Covenant
   For, lo! The Elder Gods possess the Sign
   By which the Powers of the Ancient Ones are turned back
   But Man possesses the Sign
   And the Number
   And the Shape
   To summon the Blood of his Parents.
   And this is the Covenant.
   Created by the Elder Gods
   From the Blood of the Ancient Ones
   Man is the Key by which
   The Gate if IAK SAKKAK may be flung wide
   By which the Ancient Ones
   Seek their Vengeance
   Upon the face of the Earth
   Against the Offspring of MARDUK.
   For what is new
   Came from that which is old
   And what is old
   Shall replace that which is new
   And once again the Ancient Ones
   Shall rule upon the face of the Earth!
   And this is too the Covenant!

IV. Of the Sleep of ISHTAR

   Queen of Heaven
   Bright Light of Nights
   Mistress of the Gods
   Set her mind in that direction
   From Above she set her mind,
   To Below she set her mind
   From the Heavens she set forth
   To the Abyss
   Out of the Gates of the Living
   To enter the Gates of Death
   Out of the Lands we know
   Into the Lands we know not
   To the Land of No Return
   To the Land of Queen ERESHKIGAL
   ISHTAR, Queen of Heavens, she set her mind
   ISHTAR, Daughter of SIN, she set forth
   To the Black Earth, the Land of CUTHA
   She set forth
   To the House of No Return she set her foot
   Upon the Road whence None Return
   She set her foot
   To the Cave, forever unlit
   Where bowls of clay are heaped upon the alter
   Where bowls of dust are the food
   Of residents clothed only in wings
   To ABSU ISHTAR set forth.
   Where sleeps the dread CUTHALU
   ISHTAR set forth.

   The Watcher
   Stood fast.
   The Watcher
   Stood fast.
   And ISHTAR spoke unto him

   NINNGHIZHIDDA! Serpent of the Deep!
   NINNGHIZHIDDA! Horned Serpent of the Deep!
   NINNGHIZHIDDA! Plumed Serpent of the Deep!
   Open the Door that I may enter!
   NINNGHIZHIDDA, Spirit of the Deep, Watcher of the Gate, Remember!
   In the Name of our Father before the Flight, ENKI, Lord and Master of Magicians
   Open the Door that I may enter!
   Lest I attack the Door
   Lest I break apart its bars
   Lest I attack the Barrier
   Lest I take its walls by force
   Open the Door
   Open Wide the Gate
   Lest I cause the Dead to rise!
   I will raise up the Dead!
   I will cause the Dead to rise and devour the living!
   Open the Door
   Lest I cause the Dead to outnumber the Living!
   NINNGHIZHIDDA, Spirit of the Deep, Watcher of the Gate, Open!

   The Great Serpent
   Coiled back on itself
   And answered
   Queen among the Gods
   I go before my Mistress
   Before the Queen of Death
   I will announce Thee.

   Horned Serpent
   Approached the Lady ERESHKIGAL
   And said:
   Behold, ISHTAR, Thy Sister
   Queen among the Gods
   Stands before the Gate!
   Daughter of SIN, Mistress of ENKI
   She waits.

   And ERESHKIGAL was pale with fear.
   The Dark Waters stirred.

   Go, Watcher of the Gate.
   Go, NINNGHIZHIDDA, Watcher of the Gate,
   Open the Door to ISHTAR
   And treat Her as it is written
   In the Ancient Covenant.

   And NINNGHIZHIDDA loosed the bolt from the hatch
   And Darkness fell upon ISHTAR
   The Dark Waters rose and carried the Goddess of Light
   To the Realms of the Night.
   And the Serpent spoke:
   Queen of Heaven of the Great Above
   That KUR may rejoice
   That CUTHA may give praise
   That KUTU may smile.
   That KUTULU may be pleased at Thy presence
   And ISHTAR entered.

   And there are Seven gates and Seven Decrees.

   At the First Gate

   NINGHIZHIDDA removed the Crown
   The Great Crown of Her head he took away
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, Serpent, has thou removed my First Jewel?
   And the Serpent answered
   Thus is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time,
   The Rules of the Lady of KUTU.
   Enter the First Gate.

   And the Second Gate

   NINNGHIZHIDDA removed the Wand
   The Wand of Lapis Lazuli he took away
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, NETI, has thou removed my Second Jewel?
   And NETI answered
   Thus it is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time
   The Decrees of the Lady of KUTU.
   Enter the Second Gate.

   At the Third Gate

   NINNGHIZHIDDA removed the Jewels
   The Jewels around her neck he took away
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, Gatekeeper, has thou removed my Third Jewel?
   And the Gatekeeper answered
   Thus it is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time,
   The Decrees of the Lady of KUTU
   Enter the Third Gate.

   At the Fourth Gate

   NINGHIZHIDDA removed the Jewels
   The Jewels on her breast he took away
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, Guardian of the Outer, has thou removed my Fourth Jewel?
   And the Guardian answered
   Thus it is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time,
   The Rules of the Lady of KUTU.
   Enter the Fourth Gate.

   At the Fifth Gate

   NINNGHIZHIDDA removed the Jewels
   The Belt of Jewels around her hips he took away
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, Watcher of the Forbidden Entrance, hast thou removed my Fifth Jewel?
   And the Watcher answered
   Thus it is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time,
   The Rules of the Lady of KUTUK.
   Enter the Fifth Gate.
   At the Sixth Gate
   NINNGHIZHIDDA removed the Jewels
   The Jewels around her wrists
   And the Jewels around her ankles he took away.
   And ISHTAR asked
   Why, NINNKIGAL, hast thou removed my Sixth Jewel?
   And NINKIGAL answered
   Thus it is, the ancient Covenant, set down before Time,
   The Decrees of Lady of KUTU.
   Enter the Sixth Gate.

   At the Seventh Gate
   NINNGHIZHIDDA removed the Jewels
   The Jewelled Robes of ISHTAR he took away.
   ISHTAR, without protection, without safety,
   ISHTAR, without talisman or amulet, asked
   Why, Messenger of the Ancient Ones, hast thou removed my Seventh Jewel?
   And the Messenger of the Ancient Ones replied
   Thus it is, the Covenant of Old, set down before Time,
   The Rules of the Lady of KUTU.
   Enter the Seventh Gate and behold the Nether World.

   ISHTAR had descended to the Land of KUR
   To the Depths of CUTHA she went down.
   Having lost her Seven Talisman of the Upper Worlds
   Having lost her Seven Powers of the Land of the Living
   Without Food of Life or Water of Life
   She appeared before ERESHKIGAL, Mistress of Death.
   ERESHKIGAL screamed at Her presence.

   ISHTAR raised up Her arm.
   The Magician NAMMTAR
   Saying these words she spoke to him
   Go! Imprison her!
   Bind her in Darkness!
   Chain her in the Sea below the Seas!
   Release against her the Seven ANNUNNAKI!
   Release against her the Sixty Demons!
   Against her eyes, the demons of the eyes!
   Against her sides, the demons of the sides!
   Against her heart, the demons of the heart!
   Against her feet, the demons of the feet!
   Against her head, the demons of the head!
   Against her entire body, the demons the KUR!

   And the demons tore at her, from every side.

   And the ANNUNAKI, Dread Judges
   Seven Lords of the Underworld
   Drew Around Her
   Faceless Gods of ABSU
   They stared
   Fixed her with the Eye of Death
   Withe the Glance of Death
   They killed her
   And hung her like a corpse from a stake
   The sixty demons tearing her limbs from her sides
   Her eyes from her head
   Her ears from her skull.

   ERESHKIGAL rejoiced.
   Blind AZAG-THOTH rejoiced
   IAK SAKKAK rejoiced
   ISHNIGGARRAB rejoiced
   KUTULU rejoiced
   The MASKIM gave praise to the Queen of Death
   The GIGIM gave praise to ERESHKIGAL, Queen of Death.

   And the Elder Ones were rent with fear.

   Our Father ENKI
   Lord of Magick
   Receiving word by NINSHUBUR
   He hears of ISHTAR's Sleep
   In the House of Death
   He hears how GANZIR has been
   How the Face of Abyss
   Opened wide its mouth
   And swallowed the Queen of Heaven
   Queen of the Rising of the Sun.
   And ENKI summoned forth clay
   And ENKI summoned forth wind
   And from the clay and from the wind
   ANKI fashioned two Elementals
   He fashioned the KURGARRU, spirit of the Earth,
   He fashioned the KALATURRU, spirit of the Seas,
   To the KURGARRU he gave the Food of Life
   To the KALATURRU he gave the Water of Life
   And to these images he spoke aloud
   Arise, KALATURRU, Spirit of the Seas
   Arise, and set thy feet to that Gate GANZIR
   To the Gate of the Underworld
   The Land of No Return
   Set thine eyes
   The Seven Gates shall open for thee
   No spell shall keep thee out
   For my Number is upon you.
   Take the bag of the Food of Life
   Take the bag of the Water of Life
   And ERESHKIGAL shall not raise her arm against you

   Find the corpse of INANNA
   Find the corpse of ISHTAR our Queen
   And sprinkle the Food of Life, Sixty Times
   And sprinkle the Water of Life, Sixty Times
   Sixty Times the Food of Life and the Water of Life
   Sprinkle upon her body
   And truly
   ISHTAR will rise.

   With giant wings
   And scales like serpents
   The two elementals flew to that Gate
   NINNGHIZHIDDA saw them not
   They passes the Seven Watchers
   With haste they entered the Palace of Death
   And they beheld several terrible sights.

   The demons of all the Abyss lay there
   Dead but Dreaming, they clung to the walls
   Of the House of Death
   Faceless and terrible
   The ANNUNAKI stared out
   Blind and Mad AZAG-THOTH reared up
   The Eye on the Throne opened
   The Dark Waters stirred
   The Gates of Lapis Lazuli glistened
   In the darkness
   Unseen Monsters
   Spawned at the Dawn of Ages
   Spawned in the Battle of MARDUK and TIAMAT
   Spawned in HUBUR
   With the Sign of HUBUR
   Lead by KINGU . . .

   With haste they fled
   Through the Palace of Death
   Stopping only at the corpse of ISHTAR

   The Beautiful Queen
   Mistress of the Gods
   Lady of all the Harlots of UR
   Bright Shining One of the Heavens
   Beloved of ENKI
   Lay hung and bleeding
   From a thousand fatal wounds.

   Sensing their presence
   Cried out.

   Armed with Fire
   Looked upon the Queen of Corpses
   with the Ray of Fire

   Armed with Flame
   Looked upon the Queen of the Graves
   With the Rays of Flame.

   Mighty in CUTHA
   Turned her face

   Upon the corpse of INANNA
   Sixty times they sprinkled
   The Water of Life of ENKI
   Upon the corpse of ISHTAR
   Sixty times they sprinkled
   The Food of Life of ENKI

   Upon the corpse
   Hung from a stake
   They directed the Spirit of Life

   The Dark Waters trembled and roiled.

   AZAG-THOTH screamed upon his throne
   CUTHALU lurched forth from his sleep
   ISHNIGARRAB fled the Palace of Death
   IAK SAKKAK trembled in fear and hate
   The ANNUNNAKI fled their thrones
   The Eye upon the Throne took flight
   ERESHKIGAL roared and summoned NAMMTAR
   The Magician NAMMRAR she called
   But not for pursuit
   But for protection.

   INANNA ascended from the Underworld.

   With the winged elementals she fled the Gates
   Of GANZIR and NETI she fled
   And verily
   The Dead fled ahead of her.

   When through the First Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her jewelled robes.

   When through the Second Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her jewelled bracelets.

   When through the Third Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her jewelled belt.

   When through the Fourth Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her jewelled necklace.

   When through the Fifth Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her Belt of Jewels.

   When through the Sixth Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her Wand of Lapis

   When through the Seventh Gate they fled
   ISHTAR took back her jewelled crown.

   And the Demons rose
   And the Spirits of the Dead
   And went with her out of the Gates
   Looking neither right nor left
   Walking in front and behind
   They went with ISHTAR from the Gate of GANZIR
   Out of the Netherworld they accompanied her
   Scorned Queen of the Abyss Wherein All Are Drowned Pronounced a Curse
   Solemn and Powerful
   Against the Queen of the Rising of the Sun
   And NAMMTAR gave it form.

   When the Lover of ISHTAR
   Beloved of the Queen of Heaven
   Goes down before me
   Goes through the Gate of GANZIR
   To the House of Death
   When with him the wailing people come
   The weeping woman and the wailing man
   When DUMUZI is slain and buried


   Stoop not down, therefore,
   Unto the Darkly Shining World
   Where the ABSU lies in Dark Waters
   And CUTHALU sleeps and dreams

   Stoop not down, therefore,
   For an Abyss lies beneath the World
   Reached by a descending Ladder
   That hath Seven Steps
   Reached by a descending Pathway
   That hath Seven Gates
   And therein is established
   The Throne
   Of an Evil and Fatal Force.
   For from the Cavities of the World
   Leaps forth the Evil Demon
   The Evil God
   The Evil Genius
   The Evil Ensnarer
   The Evil Phantom
   The Evil Devil
   The Evil Larvae
   Showing no true Signs
   Unto mortal Man.
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