attempts to capitalize on Ereshkigal's vulnerable state and to
The jealous and vengeful Ereshkigal fastens the evil eye of death on her
to Wolkstein, Ereshkigal "can be considered the prototype of the
greed, and desperate loneliness." She sees Ereshkigal as "the
Inanna." (15) According to Sylvia Perera, Ereshkigal represents the
This is exactly how Barnes described Ereshkigal when she named
From the dirt underneath his fingernails, he created and crafted two small asexual creatures who slipped into the underworld unnoticed and grieved with Ereshkigal, who was "moaning with the cries of a woman about to give birth." Ereshkigal was grateful for their empathy, and in return gave them Inanna's corpse, which they revived with the food and water of life given them by Enki.
In a sense, Inanna and her sister Ereshkigal are one in the same person.
Though Ereshkigal has lost her consort through death, she is pregnant, and pregnancy is a sign of new life.
The Ereshkigal identification has also been suggested by Elizabeth von der Osten-Sacken 2002.
See the Sumerian myth "Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld," and the Akkadian myth "Nergal and Ereshkigal": Pritchard 1969: 52-55, 103-4.