I’m back reading snake omens. I found these two of particularly abnormal interest. Both are from Šumma ālu ina mēlê šakin.
While this is a compost text based on Freedman’s MS X2 [VAT 10481+] iv 4, the writing is somewhat fuller than the composite text Freedman, 48, suggests. Both texts amount to the same thing. I understand this omen as follows:
If a snake falls upon the bed of a man and woman, he leaves – attack of misfortune (upon) his life, i.e. his residence will change.
And if that doesn’t provide enough anxiety, think about this.
šumma ṣeru ina muḫḫu erši amēli irbuṣ aššāt amēli panīša utirra(?)-ma mārēšu ana kaspi inaddin
If a snake lies on a man’s bed, the man’s wife will be distracted (turn her face) and sell her children for silver.
Just how distracted can she get?
I really don’t have anything to say about these at this time other than that they are abnormally interesting. I reserve the right to make some profound point at some later time.
Update: fixed typo