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Monday, 18 January 2016

Ruin is the throne where he sits

(...)
wrd.bt ḫpṯt
arṣ.tspr.by
rdm.arṣ
idk.al.ttn
pnm.tk.qrth
hmry.mk.ksu
ṯbth.ḫḫ.arṣ
nḥlth. (...)

(...) and go down to the charnel house of the / nether world. Be counted among them / that went down into the nether world. / Then, indeed, set face [towards El's son / Mot], midst his city / "Slushy". Ruin is the throne / where he sits, infernal filth / his inheritance. (...)

Fragment of an Ugaritic text from the Baal-cycle, describing the mission of Baal's two messengers to the abode of Mot, the god of death and drought, quoted and translated in:

Nicholas J. Tromp, Primitive Conceptions of Death and the Nether World in the Old Testament, Biblica et Orientala (Sacra Scriptura Antiquitatibus Orientalibus Illustrata) 21, 
Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 1969, pp. 7-8.

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