Sumerian poems and lamentations – 05 In Praise of Gudea
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From Statue B 5 [The Royal inscriptions of Mesopotamia. Early periods; v. 3/1 Gudea and His Dynasty by Dietz Otto Edzard.1997.]
I had debts remitted and "washed all hands."
For seven days no grain was ground.
The slave-woman was allowed to be equal to her mistress,
the slave was allowed to walk side by side with his master.
In my city the one unclean to someone
was permitted to sleep outside.
I had anything disharmonious turned right back to where it belongs.
I paid attention to the justice ordained by Nanse and Ningirsu;
I did not expose the orphan to the wealthy person
nor did I expose the widow to the influential one.
In a house having no male child
I let the daughter become its heir.