Ni: The Effect of Melam on Humans
The deities typically wore melam, an ambiguous substance which "covered them in terrifying splendor". Melam could also be worn by heroes, kings, giants, and even demons. The effect that seeing a deity's melam has on a human is described as ni, a word for the physical tingling of the flesh.They were also sometimes depicted wearing clothes with elaborate decorative gold and silver ornaments sewn into them.
Melam & Ni
me-lám: terrifying glance; splendor, radiance; halo, aura, light('divine power' + 'awe-inspiring quality; to shine').me-lám...sù-sù: to deck with splendor ('splendor' + 'to strew, furnish, provide').