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The other main component of the opening section unique to version A is the anointing of the priestess immediately after her selection. kur’s temple and the palace as sources, the act itself is assigned no location. We could assume that the rite takes place at the storm god’s temple, where the purû was (or were) held in the god’s presence (line 2A) and where an offering is made after the anointing is described (line 5A), but it never says so explicitly. Later in the ritual text, the priestess’s movements are recounted in detail, so that she never changes location without some kind of procession, which is thus rendered a public and sacred event.

Text A is distinguished from all the others by the addition of a fifth dignitary when portions are assigned to them at key moments in the progress of the installation festival. 8 Several orthographic preferences are shared by B and C. 9 Aside from these traits that indicate first the identity and then a further graphic continuity between texts B and C, text A stands out as a remarkable and distinct scribal product. Arnaud’s copy presents the tablet in left and right halves, but I confirmed the join between them in 1991, and the whole provides a nearly complete rendition of the installation festival.

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