Help/advice wanted on 'Kharsag'
- First an apology. This is about a Wikipedia article, and if people want to
reply offlist that's fine with me.
An article has been created called 'Kharsag', a word used I believe 3
times in George Edward Barton's 1918 "Miscellaneous Babylonian
Wikipedia has many weaknesses but it has good policies, and these
require articles to be reliably sourced, 'reliably' in this context
basically meaning academic sources. They also say 'no original
research', so you can't construct an argument using different sources
as you can in an essay or journal article, your sources need to
explicitly make the argument.
The article (in its current form) starts by claiming that
> Kharsag; (?URSAG ????) (also transcribed as Khar-sag, Gar-sag,I can find no reliable sources either linking these 'variations' or
> Hur-sag, Kharsag-kurkura and other variations) is a Sumerian word
> or part of a Sumerian phrase noted as the mountain home of the
> earliest mythological hero-gods and goddesses including Anu, Enlil,
> Enki and Ninhursag. Some variations of this word were used
> to describe temples or houses dedicated to this location. It is
> suggested to represent the location of a Sumerian creation story.
suggesting that they point to a specific location, described by the
article's creator as the 'Sumerian Olympus'. The closest that's been
found is from W E Warren's 'Babylonian Cosmology' here:
which does discuss a location.
I'd appreciate some advice as to whether these words are considered to
all point to one location, and/or whether this Sumerian Olympus is
actually something I can read about.
(The whole thing stems from a oil geologist who after retirement read
Barton and from Barton wove a whole fantasy about some 'Kharsag Epics'
and 'The Shining Ones' -
But I don't mind fringe stuff so long as it's labeled as fringe, this
'Kharsag' article is passing itself off as serious Sumerian mythology.
Doug Weller Moderator, sci.archaeology.moderated
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