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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. the Sumerian and Babylonian god of pastures and vegetation; consort of Inanna.

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  • n. Sumerian and Babylonian god of pastures and vegetation; consort of Inanna


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  • Dumuzi as draft-dodger/deserter does have a victim-of-fate air to me.

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  • Dumuzi, by way of Adonis (Adonai?), is part source for the crucifixion's ... structure of resonances, it seems to me.

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  • To me, Dumuzi seems like a shepherd from Virgil's eclogues who's simply stumbled into Inanna's power-play.

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  • So Dumuzi may become a chimera/arcanum as he transforms into a gazelle in his bid to escape the demons pursuing him, but relative to his society and worldscape he is disempowered, a humble shepherd, a boy crying for his mother — a nobody.

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  • 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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  • In the version where Innana first descends to conquer the Underworld, transforms into a corpse and then is saved with the help of Enki, she picks Dumuzi to descend in her place, because (that, at least, is my own interpretation) she founds him sitting in her former place, i.e. she singles him out because of his position of power, which is the ultimate flow of the tragic hero in high-mimetic tragedy.

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  • This explains the universal scale of myth, which aims to recreate the cyclical movement of the seasons, of night/day, death/birth, etc. (as evident in most myths in the world and the one you cite, the myth of Innana and Dumuzi).

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  • This holistic tradition entered Persian culture through the Zoroastrian divinity Mithra and his beloved Anahita, derivations from the Sumerian divine couple, Inanna and Dumuzi.

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  • Then the demons came across Dumuzi, Inanna's husband.

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  • In 1763 B.C. in the Ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur, only a few years and few miles away from King Hammurabi, Dumuzi-gamil "the grain supplier to the King" acted as an ancient banker.www.

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