[Apicius] Digest Number 1536
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While the expression "dirt eaters" seems not to occur in surviving
Mesopotamian sources, there are a couple of similar ones conveying the
same metaphoric sense. Ereshkigal queen of the underworld chants "for my
bread I eat clay, for my beer I drink muddy water." Another similar
phrase "dust is their food, their bread clay" occurs in several
Mesopotamian texts describing the unerderworld realm of the dead. A
convenient summary, with references is in M L West The East Face of
Helicon p 161.
It may be significant that Inanna, queen of heaven, who unwisely enters
the realm of the dead and suffers death herself, is revived by being
sprinkled with the food of life and water of life (see Inanna's Descent
to the Nether World, lines 240-275).