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Do you think the Sumerians had memes? There's examples of wit from Greeks, Romans, and a bit from Babylonians and Carthaginians. There any Sumerians with a sense of humor?
Also, is there a difference between Sumer and Sumeria?
I bet most of the memes weren't written down.
When literacy is so rare that being able to read and write is a craft in and of itself, you don't waste a lot of time.
So they'd probably have about as many dank memes as most tribal societies did.
>Do you think the Sumerians had memes?
Absolutely they did. Reading through their popular proverbs is hilarious
>Ignoramuses are numerous in the palace.
>A malicious wife living in the house is worse than all diseases.
>For his pleasure he got married. On his thinking it over he got divorced.
> Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's embrace.
But as a civilization rather than a tribal society, wouldn't they have the sophistication that tends to beget things like mantras, sayings, or stances?
I man, hell, look at the Dialogue of Pessimism.
>Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's embrace.
10/10. Sumeria, you did not disappoint me. I knew you were good for something aside from being the oldest civilization in existence and the forerunner to what would become Western tradition.
>The dog gnawing on a bone says to his anus: "This is going to hurt you!"
>To eat is good. When it comes up again, it is bad.
Anyone know where the Sumerians come from?
Considering their language is an isolated language (has no roots in other languages) it is most likely that they were there since the neolithic times and developed into what is known today as Sumer.
Compare this to their neighbors, the Semitic speaking nomads and city states who's language may have come from somewhere in north Africa. Meaning they migrated to the Levant at one point.
Some of the places there were probably named by a different culture that was there before the Sumerians, which is why nobody knows what the names meant. Theories say that Sumerians came from the sea and many of the old Sumerian myths are linked with the east, so some people believe they came from nowadays south Iran or something, but everything is just speculation at the moment.
Two neat theories I've seen:
First, the Marsh Arabs of Iraq are the descendants of the Sumerians. That region is where Sumer came from (Both refer to themselves as "People of the Marsh" in the Sumerian language, both live the same lifestyle, same agriculture, etc), marsh dwellers who happened upon greatness.
Second, they came from what is now the Persian Gulf. Long ago the gulf was wetlands crisscrossed with rivers. The slow rising of the rivers (As the marshland filled in with water) drove the Sumerians out into the surrounding marshes from which they would then build cities.