The ME, forces of wisdom in Sumer
The ME stand for the orders of heaven and earth and thus for superordinate laws and principles that underlie creation. They belong to the consciousness and are ultimately what distinguishes man from the animal.
The Sumerian tradition describes that the father and god of the earth is also the god of wisdom. He is thus the owner of the ME, powers of wisdom.
(Text source and drawings of the cuneiform script from: WOLKSTEIN, DIANE / KRAMER SAMUEL NOAH. Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer. New York 1983, pp. 16 - 18.)
Awareness: the enumeration of the ME
In the Sumerian tradition, the ME are enumerated several times, which in itself may have contributed to the listener's awareness.
The ME include a wide variety of abilities, starting with priestly gifts to royal attributes (power and conquest), to spiritual gifts (truth, underworld, bread of life) to art skills (crafts) and social gifts (family, listening, stirring up quarrels, appeasement). Also typically "male" and typically "female" gifts, further positive and negative abilities like the open ear or the deceptive speech belong to the forces of wisdom. And last but not least, heroism and erotic skills can be found among them.