Alulu beer receipt – This records a purchase of “best” beer from a brewer, c. 2050 BC from the Sumerian city of Umma in Ancient Iraq. The tablet acknowledges receipt of 5 Silas of “the best beer” from Alulu the brewer. 5 silas = 4.5 liters.
The tablet is an analog of invoice of our days. It has an item, quantity and the name of the seller mentioned. I could not find information if the recipient is also there.
Back then in 2050 BC the same as now beer quality was very important.
This tablet tells us that beer making became a profession and that beer making was industrialised.
The important aspect of this finding is the name of the person who is mention on the tablet – “Alulu”. Is this by accident similar to “Ale” in English, “Alus” in Lithuanian and Latvian, “olut” in Finnish, “öl” Swedish, “øl” Norwegian etc.
The other question is this a name or profession?
“Sour” is an ordinary word 🙂 But if you know Sanskrit “sura” it becomes more interesting. And it is interesting also because of brother words from other languages – Russian “сыр” [syr] or Lithuanian “sūris” for cheese. “сырой” [syroj] (Russian) or “sūrus” (Lithuanian) for salty or spoiled, raw, rude etc.
“Yavasura” means beer or ale in Sanskrit. This is a combined word “yava”+”sura”. “yava” is barley, “sura” has a lot of meanings – “alcoholic drink” or “drinking vessel” are among them. Other meanings like idol, sun, divinity, deity, wise man might be of interest and inline with the subject too. in Lithuanian “Javai”= “yava” means grain, cereal, corn, crop – it is a main ingredient for beer. “Sura” sounds similar to “sour“. There is also Lithuanian word “Sula” and it means “juice”. Or “sūrus” – salty, or “sūris” – cheese.
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As we all know words are symbols of subjects they represent. Language is a very old invention of ours but symbols which are represented by the language are even older. It is very sad but unfortunately original symbolism of most of the words is forgotten and invisible. But the good part is that until the word and related words are not forgotten it might be possible to trace back to original source of symbolism around those words. And nobody is to blame for this forgotten meaning of our words but our children. It is for sure that languages are developed not by grownups but by children as in ancient times people used not to live long, not more than thirty years. And teenagers were not different from the same age people from nowadays. They used to gather into groups and teams and they used to hang about some popular place like supermarket benches nowadays. And they used to leave the branch tribe for the search of better life still before they were fully grown. Some of the words they used to transfer to each other slightly changed the same way your child is able to change words he is not able to pronounce or understand the true meaning of the combined word. It is for sure that they started with some words and they were combining them to describe not described parts of their environment. That is why after you take a close look you are able to relate from the first sight completely not related words.
In this article I’ll write about a very timeworn substance – beer. Many of us drink it seldom, occasionally or often. It is known and popular all around the globe. It is old as civilization and most probably it is the cause and a key driver of our modern civilization and industrialized world. There are a lot of recipes how to make it. All that variety is because of small variations to the base recipe which is owned by the Nature itself. Key ingredients are always the same for tens of thousands of years – hops, corn and water. It is not a surprise if words associated with beer, brewery and the process of drinking it are also ancient and has a lot to be revealed. Continue reading Beer and Ale