from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology The chief Sumerian goddess, associated with fertility, the natural world, and war, and later equated with the Babylonian Ishtar.
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- proper n. Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare. The Akkadians called her Ishtar.
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- n. consort of Dumuzi (Tammuz)
Taken that way, Gilgamesh's murder of Inanna is symbolic of his final reconciliation with death; he accepts that he will die, that only his works and his fame will live after him.
The key to interpreting the novel probably lies in Inanna's affliction: when Gilgamesh confronts the priestess for the last time, she is wearing a mask.
As the Epic of Gilgamesh itself makes clear, Inanna is beautiful and lovely and also dangerous.
In Sumer, the goddess was known as Inanna, and in Babylon and Assyria, was known as Ishtar.
Choose from twelve goddesses such as Inanna shown above, Venus and Persephone.
The main gods of the Elamites were Humban, the sun god Nahhunte, and Inshushinak, the god of Susa, but Sumerian deities such as Inanna and Nanna were also worshipped.
This holistic tradition entered Persian culture through the Zoroastrian divinity Mithra and his beloved Anahita, derivations from the Sumerian divine couple, Inanna and Dumuzi.
She works the temple of Inanna, the goddess of love and war.
When Inanna descends into the Kur, she is entering a worldscape beyond her power, constructed from quirks far more powerful than her.
Partly, I read Dumuzi as weaker because the image I get of him is not of Inanna returning to find him set up as a ruler in her place; rather he's lazing about, playing his music (like the Davidic/Virgilian shepherd-boy-musician he is) and generally not fulfilling his responsibility of grief as her consort and thereby inferior (unlike the sons she doesn't sic the demons on).
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