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Hymn to Ninkasi

Hymn To Ninkasi.

Borne of the flowing water,Tenderly cared for by the Ninhursag.Borne of the flowing water,Tenderly cared for by the Ninhursag. Having founded your town by the sacred lake, You finished its great walls for us, Ninkasi, having founded your town by the sacred lake, You finished its great walls for us. Your father is Enki, Lord Nidimmud,Your mother is Ninti, the queen of the sacred lake.Ninkasi, your Father is Enki, Lord Nidimmud, Your Mother is Ninti, the Queen of the sacred lake. You are the one who handles the barley bread,In a pit, you use a big spoon to mix the bappir and sweet aromatic date syrup.Ninkasi, you are the one who handles the barley bread,In a pit, you use a big spoon to mix the bappir and sweet aromatic date syrup. You are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven,Adding the piles of hulled grains at the right time.Ninkasi, you are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven,Adding the piles of hulled grains at the right time. You are the one who waters the malt set on the ground, The noble dogs keep away even the most powerful.Ninkasi, you are the one who waters the malt set on the ground, The noble dogs keep away even the most powerful. You are the one who soaks the malt,The waves rise, the waves fall.Ninkasi, you are the one who soaks the malt, The waves rise, the waves fall. You are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats, Until coolness comes. Ninkasi, you are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats, Until coolness overcomes. You are the one who holds with both hands the great sweet wort, To brew it with honey like wine.You brew the sweet wort in the vesselNinkasi, you brew the sweet wort to the vessel The vessel, filters with a pleasing sound,Upon a large collecting vat. Ninkasi, the vessel, filters with a pleasing sound,Upon a large collecting vat. When you pour the beer in the collecting vat, It is like the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Ninkasi, when you pour the beer in the collecting vat, It is like the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

This 6000 year old Sumerian clay tablet is inscribed with a hymn to the ancient goddess of beer, Ninkasi.The hymn also acts as a handy beer recipe back in the times when literacy was very rare.



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