popularising the literature of ancient Iraq through the art of oral storytelling

 
 

The Zipang Recording Project (ZRP) was launched by the Enheduanna Society in October 2017.

The purpose of the project is to record and make publicly available the Zipang repertoire of re-told Mesopotamian stories. These re-told stories are based closely on academic translations and were developed over twenty years of public performances by the Zipang storytellers.

The ZRP will enable these stories to be listened to in English and in Arabic, providing a free and easily accessible introduction to the literature of ancient Iraq.

Downloadable audio versions of the stories will be made available shortly.

Story 1—The Marriage of Martu

This 3000-year-old love story from Sumer is about the coming together of “civilised” people and “wild” people. The name Martu is Sumerian for “nomad”. The story resonates with modern-day themes of urbanisation, migration and diversification of the gene pool.