Emeshe

Central to the legend of égig érő fa (the legend of the sky-high tree), which gives a vivid description of the bird-hawk Turul, is the legend of Emeshe. The word “Emeshe” in Sumerian simply means “High Priestess”. The legend starts in 819, during the reign of the Assyrian King Ashur-Banipal, when a descendant of the Scythian King Magog married the daughter of Enid-Belia.

In contemporary literature the daughter of Enid-Belia is known as Emeshe but it is difficult to say for certain if the word Emeshe is used in reference to the princess’s name or if it is indicative of her status as High Priestess of the Temple of Kham, an office that she held prior to her marriage.

The word Kham in Sanskrit means sky, and the words Emeshe and the Temple of Kham, if read together can be translated or interpreted in the following manner: – High Priestess of the Temple of the Sky or High Priestess of the Temple of the Sky God. It implies or suggests a Sumerian-Sanskrit radix and it unearths a new and unexplored facet of Sumerian-Sanskrit mythology.

Anu is the highest-ranking deity in the Sumerian epoch but the extent of his worship remains unknown. He is commonly acknowledged to be the Sumerian “father of the gods” and as such he wielded extensive powers.

He is also, through his consort Antu, the patriarch of the Annunaki or the fallen, who clearly bear his name. In Sumerian and Sanskrit mythology both the progenitors of good and evil or light and darkness have the same source. It is a salient feature or aspect of both veins of mythology – the word Annunaki appears to be an extension of the word Anu and it could be taken to mean the children of Anu.

According to the legend the union between the prince and the princess produced a son, Almos who in other historical circles is also known as Voivode Levedia. The word Almos itself means sleepy or dreamer and if we were to take it a step further, Turul appeared in Voivode Levedia’s dream at a time the Magyars were besieged by enemies and led him and his people to Pannonia.

Before his birth, his mother, Emeshe, had a dream in which Turul, the giant mythical Hawk in Hungarian mythology, who often acts as a messenger of God, flew down from its perch high up on the tree of life and impregnated Emeshe with a drop of its saliva.

When she was giving birth to Almos, a tiny spring welled from her womb and slowly grew in size swelling with water until its torrents swept through the snowy mountains and the valleys wedged between them into the flat lowlands that lay beyond. There it stopped and grew into a wondrous tree with golden branches. This became the land of her descendants or the land of fabled kings and warriors.

Emeshe and her immediate descendants were the foremost priests and priestesses of the Temple of Kham and according to myth they were gifted with the ability to read the will God.

Copyright © 2019 by Kathiresan Ramachanderam

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