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. Click here to view a list of written sources for the stories.

Below is a list of the ZRP stories currently available as MP3 audio files. Simply click on the title of any story then scroll down to see a summary of the story. It is free to listen to and download ZRP stories.

The ZRP is generously supported by an Outreach Grant awarded to the Enheduanna Society by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI).

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.

New titles are being added regularly. Do come back again soon and check them out.

Stories in English

The Marriage of Martu

King Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta

The Asag


Inana's Descent

The Poor Man of Nippur

The Moon God's Journey to Nibru


Enki and Ninmah

Dialogue of Pessimism

Ereshkigal and Nergal


Stories in Arabic

King Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta

Ishtar's Descent


Dialogue of Pessimism

Dumuzid's Dream

Ereshkigal and Nergal


Story in English and Arabic

The Huluppu Tree