saw the grief of Geshtinanna, She spoke to her gently: "Your brother's house is no more.
Rulers treaded a fine line between their political aims and the polytheistic beliefs of people who still worshipped the sacred female, as the poems to Inanna
does increase in wisdom and stature, but this "growth" is neither personal nor linked to pleasure.
The beautiful hymns, explicitly sexual, were also the basis of a re-enactment of this sexual union by the King and the Priestess of Inanna
in a rite of fertility ushering in the rainy season.
GUTUG It Gutug is the sacred title of the Inanna
goddess of the Mesopotamian Kalamien people
Operating at the intersection of literary criticism, psychology, and theology, Laurie Brands Gagne analyzes three ancient tales as "women's stories of the underworld" (5): "The Descent of Inanna
," the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and the legend of Eros and Psyche.
Only the first and the last - Andrew Keeling in Afterwords and Michael Nyman in theSelf-laudatory hymn of Inanna
and her omnipotence - seem to have fully recognised the scope of the viol consort and found good use for it.
Bluebird was also responsible for the second-highest lot, the Donoughmore Stud's filly out of a daughter of the John Oxx-trained winner Inanna
In a hymn celebrating the sacred marriage that stimulates fruitfulness in the landscape each year, Inanna
describes her body as a field to be ploughed by her bridegroom Dumuzi, and he sings in response,
Each spring the king and a priestess, representing Dumuzi and Inanna
(Tammuz and Ishtar), would participate in this "sacred marriage rite" for the purpose of restoring life to nature?
Her novella Midsummer was published last year by Inanna
, and her
But those archetypes shape my poetry in other ways too, as I first discovered when I was assembling Eve and found such a wide range of poems coalescing around the idea of Aphrodite, Kali, Coatlique, Inanna
, or Changing Woman.