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"House of the Shackle Which Holds in Check"
Administrator of the Netherworld

Pabilsag, a son of Enlil and a brother of the moon god, Sin, served as the tutelary god of the antediluvan Sumerian city of Larak. His wife was the goddess Gula, who later became the tutelary deity of Isin under the name Ninisina.

The city of Larak was washed away by the Flood, but Pabilsag's wife maintained a sanctuary in remembrance of her husband called the E.rabriri, 'House of the Shackle Which Holds in Check,' which was located in her temple, the E.galmah, 'Exalted Palace,' in Isin.

To read a translation of the Sumerian account of 'Pabilsag's Journey to Nippur,' (the name is spelled 'Pabilsaj' by the translator and Nippur is 'Nibru').

James notes: In my stories, after the destruction of Larak by the Flood, Pabilsag left the Great Above to become an administrator in the Netherworld.

http://www.jameswbell.com/geog0050pnames.html
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An interesting picture;
http://nils.lib.tufts.edu/Caviness/fig3.28.html

Can anyone decipher the inscription?




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From immediately above the picture:

Quote:
Oremus:

Deus cui proprium est misereri semper et parcere suscipe deprecacionem nostram ut quos delictorum cathena constringit miseratio tue pietatis absolvat
"O God, to whom it is fitting to have mercy and to spare, hear our prayer: that the mercy of your grace might absolve those whom the chain of sin binds."

IIRC this is a fairly frequently occurring litany text that occurs in most standard late medieval primers.
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Can anyone decipher the inscription?
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  • avant letcheur avant
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Can anyone decipher the inscription?
One more thing, the line of commentary beneath may be in French. I can't make out it all, but it does seem to say couetours peines, "the punishment of the covetous," or something similar. The whole scene probably relates to the punishment of greed or gluttony.
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