Aspects of Religious Life at Ancient Mari as seen through a by Bryan E. Beyer

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T' -33- . :j; ... • AYA In ~1 '. 21, the, goddess Aya'is attested in at least four personal names--Aya-b~tti,'Aya-tama88i; Etaddi-Ay~, which ~re new to the Mari l~terat'lire;. Aya-i"luma, . appears in ARMT 22 d A-a, and Idin_Ayal06_~a1l of Anci1:her new Aya pe:rsonal . name, 348':i~ 45. The' div~e name is', spelled 'd A-y~', anti A~ya, and all five names a~e Akkaqian. Two of the . men, and th~ 'fifth is uncertain • .. 110 A sixth name, written ,Ya-ta-ra-ya, is uncer"t'ain; the form may be s.

Sheep at MarL. e in year date formulae. 23 " The lone independent reference' (ARM 21 292 :4) occurs in a short 'and rather dbscure text. '. ~- ,quite substantial. " Forty-two personal names. from ARM 21 and fifty-five ~ names from ARMT 22 contain his name, a figure eclipsed only by'the- god . , ' Dagan (see ,discussion , at MarL 24 " " belo~. ~ <. Many of the names are previously unattested ' - . Such 'statistics affirm Addu~s important ~le i~ the'popular ". ' MarL· Names such as Addu-a:n;1uZZi ("Addu is my protection"), Addu-rrrubat1,ip("Addu makes alive"), Samsi-Addu '("Addu is my Sun"), and " ..

On the nature of the deity. I. J. Gelb has suggested Abba is >. amal~ deity on the basis of onomastic evidence from outside' of Mari,7 but . '. the suggestion still ;Lacks confirmation ;rom Mari, sources. 8 . There. "9 Nevertheless, the eleven Mari per~', . "i. " . ,. -15sona~ . names including Abba as the divine element 10 indicate a certain ,. degree of importance for the deity in the Maripopular pantheon. \ . itRMT 22, both independe,nt'ly and in personal names.. Except for six personal names in which Addu's name is spelled syllabically .

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