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Two Lullabies

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Two sorts of compositions concern babies: the incantations lu2-turhuĝ-ĝa2 "for the appeasement of a baby" and the lullabies. The incantations lu2-turhuĝ-ĝa2 published some years ago by Walter Farber constitute a homogeneous corpus. The writing down of these lullabies is puzzling, but one can be certain that it rests on other criteria than the transcription of the incantations lu2-turhuĝ-ĝa2. Lullabies exist since a very ancient time and have many different origins. Their variety makes their classification in a literary genre difficult und even today there is very little literature on them. The origin of the lullabies is not literary: Most of them have not been composed for children but are the vestige of an "adult code of joviality". The lullaby of Šulgi (Šulgi N) is a song written for an exceptional occasion, the birth of a son of Šulgi.

Keywords: Šulgi; appeasement of baby; incantations lu2-turhug-ga2; lullabies; Walter Farber



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