01 – Kušṭa’s Questions

In the name of the Great Life, may the sublime light be exalted!

Kušṭa stands by the gate of the worlds, asking and speaking into the world. He says,

Tell me, how thick is the Earth?
How high is it from the Earth to the vault of Heaven?
What did Adam come from?
What did his wife Haua come from?
Where do Hamar-Kana (Wine-of-Pitcher) and the Mambuga (Sacramental Water) which transcends the worlds come from?
From whose dwelling has this Miša, son of white Šušma (Oil, son of White Sesame) come to me?
From whose stream do these streams of living water come?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras sit beneath the vine Iusmir?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras sit beneath the vine Šar?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras sit beneath the vine Pirun?
Who let out a great cry, and roused Mana from his place?
Who set into motion the great conflict that will not be resolved for an eternity?
Who caused the high breach that will not be plugged for an eternity?
Who is the Guardian of the House, until the end of the universe?
Tell me, upon what is the bed of the Great Mighty Mana supported?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras are sitting to the right of the Great Mighty Mana?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras are sitting to the left of the Great Mighty Mana?
Tell me, how many thousands of uthras are standing before the Great Mighty Mana?
Tell me, what are the names of the three robes of splendor, of light and glory?
Tell me, who revealed speech and hearing to the uthras in their celestial dwellings?
Tell me, who among the uthras takes the incense holder and brings it before Mana?
Tell me, who among the uthras accepts prayer and praise, and takes them to sequester in his treasury?
Tell me, when the fetus is formed, in whose womb is it formed?
When its mother has it, whose scent does it inhale?
Who among the liliths resides upon the beds of pregnant women?
Who is the Guardian of the House, until the end of the universe?

Ptahil spoke, saying to him,

I will tell you the truth, and explain to you just as it was.
As for the Earth, its thickness is twelve thousand leagues.
From the Earth to the vault of Heaven is twelve thousand leagues in height.
Adam was made from clay.
His spouse Haua came from her own source.
This Miša, son of white Šušma (Oil, son of White Sesame) came from the celestial dwelling of Radiant Iusmir.
These are the living waters; they come from the reservoir of the Jordan.
Twelve thousand uthras sit beneath the vine Iusmir.
Twelve thousand uthras sit beneath the vine Šar.
Twenty four thousand uthras sit beneath the vine Pirun.
Iušamin set in motion the great conflict that will not be resolved for an eternity.
Abatur caused the high breach that will not be plugged for an eternity.
I, Ptahil, am the Guardian of the House, until the end of the universe.
The bed of the Great Mighty Mana is supported upon the word of Life.
Twelve thousand uthras sit to the right of the Great Mighty Mana.
Twelve thousand uthras sit to the left of the Great Mighty Mana.
Twenty-four thousand uthras stand in front of the Great Mighty Mana.
As for the names of the three robes of splendor, light, and glory, each one is explained in its place.
Šingilan Uthra takes the incense holder and brings it before Mana.
Samandireil Uthra accepts prayer and praise, and takes them to sequester in his treasury.
When the fetus is formed, it is formed in the bosom of its father.
It is taken from its father’s loins and moved into its mother’s belly.
When the child is from the belly of its mother, it smells the scent of Life.
The lilith Zahreil resides upon the beds of pregnant women.

Life speaks and is victorious, and victorious is the man who went there.

About C.G. Häberl

Dr. Häberl is an Associate Professor at the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL). He was born and raised in the State of New Jersey, and received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. In addition to teaching Arabic and Aramaic language courses at AMESALL, he teaches content courses on the modern Middle East at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), of which he was the Director from 2009-2012.
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