Diversity & Dominance, Violence and Order in the Babylonian New Year’s Festival

These are the questions to answer

Q1- According to the Creation Epic, how did the present order of the universe come into being? What does the violent nature of this creation tell us about the Mesopotamian view of the physical world and the gods?


Q2- How did the symbolism of the events of the New Years Festival, with its ritual reading and reenactment of the story of the Creation Myth, validate such concepts as kingship, the primacy of Babylon, and mankinds relationship to the gods?

Q3- What is the significance of the distinction between the private ceremonies celebrated in the temple precincts and the public ceremonies that took place in the streets of the city? What does the festival tell us about the relationship of different social groups to the gods?