In the Enuma Ellish, the Babylonian Creation Epic, Tiamat of the Seas merges with Apsu of the Rivers. From Their Union comes the first generation of Gods. (These would be the original Gods of Mesopotamia.) Tiamat, the roiling chaos of the ocean, provides the primeval procreative force for life to begin on the Earth. For the people of Sumner, Tiamat is the Lady of Primeval Chaos.
I recite this part of the Enuma Ellish to honor these primal powers of Tiamat.
Enuma Elish (The Babylonian Epic of Creation)
From Tablet I
1 When the heavens above did not exist,
2 And earth beneath had not come into being—
3 There was Apsû, the first in order, their begetter,
4 And demiurge Tia-mat, who gave birth to them all;
5 They had mingled their waters together
6 Before meadow-land had coalesced and reed-bed was to he found —
7 When not one of the gods had been formed
8 Or had come into being, when no destinies had been decreed,
9 The gods were created within them:
From “Mesopotamian Creation Stories” by W.G. Lambert.