SIM/SEM, the bird, can be pronounced NAM and is given as ‘determined order’, ‘will’, ‘fate’ and ‘destiny’ on ePSD. I use just one phonetic value, NAM, throughout The Story of Sukurru for the purpose of clarity – unlike academic transliterations. Whatever the sound, the symbol stays the same, the image of a bird in profile. The Simurgh of the Conference of the Birds, stems from this Sumerian origin. At its core, it’s a philosophical tale of the flight of souls dating from the mists of time (attributed to Persian Attar who, I suggest, added or adapted the parables to fit with his period). It links in with the shaman’s role and Cygnus.
"Once on a time from all the Circles seven
Between the stedfast Earth and rolling Heaven
THE BIRDS, of all Note, Plumage, and Degree,
That float in Air, and roost upon the Tree;"
E. Fitzgerald’s translation is here:
Sumerian ŠIM/ŠEM is the symbol of the alchemist, given as ‘brewer’ on ePSD, and represented by an image of a vessel with an opening at both top and bottom. The bird symbol is also given as ŠIM₂; i.e. sharing the sound with the alchemist symbol. In my second book, I break down both NAM and ŠIM into their original component symbols, NA-AM, SI-IM, ŠI-IM through consultation of the ancient lexical lists, then analyse them in the context of The Story of Sukurru.
I found KI/KE collocated with NAM/SIM 7 times on the lexical lists, KE-ŠIM just once. That’s not proof of anything, of course, but interesting nevertheless. Both might be the source of Qesem. Obviously, I don’t know but have found a lot of ‘coincidences’ since I began researching the early Sumerian. It’s my opinion there are sounds and symbols that have survived more or less intact through the very force of their importance in deep antiquity.
Kurdish qesem has the meaning ‘oath’ which doesn’t necessarily detract from the place name, shaman and bird. I made a link to the taking of oaths, the making of pledges at places of stone, under the eye of the Great Bull. NA-AM, stone of the wild bull. KUR the mountain.
One last point which might be important: there is another way to dissect the sound; KI-EZEM. Sumerian is the language of Hermeticism, a maze, and this interpretation doesn’t detract from the others. But EZEM/EZEN is discussed in my book as identical to, or at the very least the sibling of HER. EZEM is both ‘festival’ and ‘song’ while HER is the ‘boundary’ and the ‘binder’. There is much more to it than that, of course.
PS. I’ve been looking into Cygnus with you in mind, also with some interesting results.