Aruru

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Aruru

goddess pinched man, Enkidu out of clay. [Assyrian Myth.: Gaster, 9, Babyl. Myth.: Gilgamesh]
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The abortifacient stone Kronos is tricked into swallowing likewise finds no counterpart in the gentle (albeit mysterious) maieusis to which Enki is subjected by Ninhursag.
Finally, the specific route taken in the course of birthing-the possibility that Enki's placement within the vagina of Ninhursag may be driven to some extent by his lack of a suitable (female) orifice through which the octet of new gods can come out--might be distantly echoed in the Hurro-Hittite Teshub's soliloquy in the myth Kingship in Heaven over how exactly (by the anus, by the penis, by the mouth?
The conflict of gender in the Greek myth likewise seems relatively muted here, (46) since the birth of the eight gods instead takes the form of an apparently cooperative effort between the trickster and Ninhursag.
As the goddess who has power either to grant or to withdraw the "eye of life" (EN 219), Ninhursag is indeed the primal matrix, and the trickster himself no less than the offspring he bears come into life only by virtue of their implantation in and later (re)emergence from her womb.
asks Ninhursag each time, and somehow by means of the names he speaks in reply, each part of his suffering body is separated off, as it were, and undergoes translation into a deity whose function it is to alleviate that localized pain.
56) Uttered by Ninhursag and Enki in the very dawn of Dilmun, each name fuses the innate character and the "destiny" of the thing that is named, then fuses name and thing in such a way that to speak the one is also to invoke the other.