Tiamat by Claudio Jacomucci published on 2018-01-22T15:16:04Z Claudio Jacomucci: Tiamat (2017) for microtonal, prepared accordion In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is one of the foundational principles of the universe known as a maelstrom of dark, roiling seawater. In the cosmogonic myth outlined in the Enûma Elish, the Babylonian creation epic, she combines with Apsu (the personification of fresh water), and their union gives rise to the first generation of gods. After becoming outraged at the conduct of her offspring, she spawns a horde of demons and attempts to destroy the entire pantheon, after which point she is slain by the storm-god Marduk. In an etiological sense, the materiality of the world is explained with the suggestion that it actually consists of the fragmented corpse of the great mother goddess. In this more corporeal guise, Tiamat is often thought to have had the form of a dragon, serpent or other hideous beast.