Archive | July 12, 2016

World’s oldest song

Queen of Heaven

The oldest known song (written with both words and musical notation) comes from the remains of the ancient city of Ugarit in Syria. It was written about 1400 BC  and  is one of two hymns to the goddess Nikkal and to the seven goddesses of childbirth, the Kotharat, found in an ancient wedding myth.  It’s part of the story of the goddess Nikkal’s  marriage to the Moon God. Nikkal is the daughter of the God or King of Summer, but her own role is less clear.  She may be a goddess of  fruit or of the moon.  Her full name is Nikkal-wa-Ib and Ib may be translated either as “fruit” or as “bright.”  She is the western version of the Sumerian (pre-Babylonian) goddess Ningal, the “Great Lady” and beloved wife of the Moon. (Ningal is the mother of the more famous Love Goddess Inanna/Ishtar  and of the Sun God. The…

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