|Her Sumerian name "Inanna" is probably derived from the word, "Nin-an" meaning "Lady-Sky" or
"Queen of Heaven". Worshipped in the ancient regions of Mesopotamia, around the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers, Inanna (or Inana) is the goddess of the Sumerian pantheon. Her other name,
was the name given to Her by the Semites. Because She was also worshipped as the goddess of War She
is often depicted wearing a horned headdress with wings and with weapon cases at Her shoulders. As
the Goddess Inanna ruled the people of Sumer, their communities prospered and thrived. As daughter
of the Moon and sister of the Sun, Inanna is the morning and evening star. Worshipped as the goddess
of Love, She was the progenitor of Venus, Aphrodite and Astara. There are ancient myths of how She
materialized in pubs dragging soldiers and attractive men out by their hair to have sexwith them.
|Offerings to Inanna
|One of the most popular myths of Inanna is when She travels to the realm of the dead or Underworld,
also known as Kurnugia, to visit Her sister Ereshkigal. Ereshkigal ruled this Underworld and it is said
that Inanna was concerned for Her sister, even-thought they were not on good term In order to get to
the underworld Inanna needed to pass through seven gates. At each gate She had to relinquish one
piece of garment or possession. By the time She passed through the seventh gate She stood naked and
vulnerable before Ereshkigal.
|In one version of the myth Ereshkigal feared that Inanna came to take Her kingdom. In another
Ereshkigal was angry with Inanna for taking so long to visit Her. At any rate Ereshkigal, the Queen of
Death, turned Her sister into a corpse. But, before leaving for the Underworld Inanna left orders for
Her Earthly Spirit, Ninshubur, that if She did not return in three days that the Spirit would contact
Her father, Enki, the "great god of Wisdom" to rescue Her. Enki sent Ninshubur with ‘food of
life’ and ‘water of life’ to Kurnugia to feed to Inanna. Once She was revitalized Inanna requested
that She be allowed to return to the upper-world. Eriskegal consented, but only on the condition that
someone would return to take Inanna’s place, part of the year, to keep Eriskegal company. When
Inanna returned She was unhappy with Her husband, Dumuzi, apathetic behavior toward Her absence,
and decreed that he be carried off to the netherworld for six months of each year. At the autumnal
equinox, which marked the beginning of the Sumerian new year, Dumuzi returned to the earth. His
reunion with his wife caused all animal and plant life to be revitalized and made fertile once again.
The goddess Inanna represents the many facets of being a woman and of roles they play. She is a
example of the feminine courage, of not being afraid to face the changes that are required during the
course of a woman’s life. Her courageous travel, into the dark places of the soul, is a guide for
spiritual perseverance in times of tribulation. But, most of all, Her travel into the Netherlands to face
the "Dark Self" mirrors our own trip into death and rebirth, shedding the veils of the previous world
and baring our souls to any Universal judgement, or self judgement, that is destine.
Because She is a goddess of Fertility Her earliest symbol is a bundle of reeds tied in three places.
Later Her symbol changed to an eight pointed star or a rose. She is often associated with a lion or
|She is the Goddess of the Sky.
The Original "Queen of Heaven and
Goddess of Love and War.
Lover to the Vegetation and Harvest God Dumuzi.
She was the Supreme Goddess Worshipped in
the Ancient Lands of Mesopotamia.
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