More Sumerian Mythological Exploits

There's been quite a few Sumerian myths to go through, so this article I'm going to play a little catch-up, so if this feels more like a Sumery (sorry, couldn't resist) than a critique, don't be surprised. On the bright side, unlike with all the praise poetry, a lot of them feel more like proper …

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More on the Exploits, Carnal and Otherwise, of Sumerian Gods

Been busy, but I'm still at it, this time looking at a few more myths related to the exploits of Inanna and friends. There was a ton written about Inanna it seems, as she likes to mess people up, sometimes justifiably, but not very often. The one example I've seen so far of her being …

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The Sumerian Love Goddess is a Harsh Mistress

I've been reading a number of other Sumerian myths this week. Particularly but not limited to Inanna (Seriously, what are we going to do with this tart?) Between sending Enkidu to his death after Gilgamesh did her a favor in an alternate addition to his mythos titled "The Huluppu Tree", tricking her father Enki into …

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Enki and Inana’s Creative Solutions…

So my reading over the last couple of weeks has involved looking into the Sumerian mythos of Enki, as well as a side track into a story of Inana's journey through death. Once again raiding the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, I looked at the translations with the following titles: "Enki and Ninhursag", "Enki …

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Lamenting the Cities because they Made the Gods Angry

As the title suggests, this week I worked my way through the rest of the items in the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature that are known as the City Laments. As suggested by that designation, these documents are lamentations for how everything is going wrong in a featured city. Titled respectively "The Lament for …

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Magical Texts Found in Coffins

It's been a little while. CoVid is stupid and the libraries haven't been allowing for interlibrary loans, but things are finally getting back to some semblance of normalcy in that area of life and a good thing too, because I can't wait around forever. So this book I've been waiting around for and finally managed …

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Who is this Harper, and why is he laying?

Okay, that's kind of a bad joke. The reason I used it was because when I happened across this title the first time, it was under the title "The Lay of the Harper." However, it can also be found as "The Song of the Harper" As can be seen in this set of translations from …

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Ack! Too many gods!

In a daring move that took me about three reading sessions, I decided to go back and look over the veneration hymns to several Sumerian Gods. This is another segment of the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, and you can find their complete library over there. Maybe I'm just a country girl, and this …

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Nanshe apparently likes Birds

I recently made my way through translations of two more Sumerian texts, "Hymn to Nanshe" and "Nanshe and the Birds," though before I talk too much about those two religious pieces, we should probably explain who Nanshe is, since she's rather central to them. I had done a little reading up on this particular goddess …

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