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Ascension to Heaven: Etana – Babylonian Myth and Legend


Ascension to Heaven, Etana, Babylonian Myth and Legend. Etana was an ancient Sumerian king of the city of Kish. According to the Sumerian king list, he reigned after the deluge. He is listed as the successor of Arwium, the son of Mashda, as king of Kish. The list also calls Etana “the shepherd, who ascended to heaven and consolidated all the foreign countries”, and states that he ruled 1,560 years (some copies read 635) before being succeeded by his son Balih, said to have ruled 400 years. A Babylonian legend says that Etana was desperate to have a child, until one day he helped save an eagle from starving, who then took him up into the sky to find the plant of birth. This led to the birth of his son, Balih. In the detailed form of the legend, there is a tree with the eagle’s nest at the top, and a serpent at the base. Both the serpent and eagle have promised Utu (the sun god) to behave well toward one another, and they share food with their children. But one day, the eagle eats the serpent’s children. Please watch the video for more information on Etana and his Ascension to heaven, or visit the channel for much more from the Sumerian myths and legends at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY.

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Channel: mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY

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