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Aruru, {Bright-Mother-of-the-Hollow}.
[to Whom the sixteenth day of January, day 015, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian. Her name is mentioned in a (Babylonian) cuneiform version of the Gilgamesh epic circa 1750 BCE. Internal evidence suggests the text is a copy of an Akkadian composition circa 2100-2000 BCE. A neo-Babylonian text from Eridu mentions Her.
Description: Almighty gentle Mother; Goddess of earth and birth; Creatrix of the seed of humanity; Creatrix of humanity from Her own muddy substance; She Who takes the clay of creatures in Her fingers; She Who washes Her hands before She pinches off clay; {Matron of figure representation and potters}.
To Whom Sacred: {pottery}; the numbers 2, 7, 14; baked birth-brick.
Male Associates: She is said to have produced with Marduk, the seeds of humanity; from clay She created the hero Gilgamesh, and subsequently his double Enkidu. They were conceived after the image of Anu.

Source: Graves GM; Gray NEM 41; Kaster PCMD 117; Mackenzie MBA 160; Monaghan BGH 28, 190; Pritchard ANEv1 40, 41-42; ibid ANEv2 159; Walker WEMS; NLEM 54.
Amadubad, ----.


Source: Monaghan BGH 190.
Mami, Mother.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian. [Assyrian for sure].
Description: All mighty All-Mother; Lapis crowned Creatress and Queen of earth; Creatress of the seed of humankind; Sorceress; She Whose name is called upon by women during labour; She Who was assisted by Nammu, The-Sea, in forming the human-race.
She subsequently became a warrior Goddess; protectress of fields and their harvest.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Mami.
To Whom Sacred: a corner in every tilled field left wild in Her honour; lion (which in later times She is portrayed as standing or riding on); clay; lapis; baked-brick (used as a pillow by Sumerian women when giving-birth and thereby sharing in Her power); the numbers 7 and 14 (the number of self-images She formed of clay at creation, 7 becoming women and 7 men); fanatici (Her eunuch priests who danced to trumpet and tambourine, wounding themselves in Her honour).
Male Associates: son Ninurta; consort Ea-Ninigiku.

Source: Mackenzie MBA 57; 1 Monaghan BGH 90; 2 Pritchard ANEv2 22, 24. 1/190. 1/191
Mamitu, ----.

Geography/Culture: ?

Mammetum, ----.

Geography/Culture: Babylonian.
Description: Maker of fate; She who determines life and death, "...but of death, its days She does not reveal".

Source: ANEv1/65.
Nin-Dum, Lady-of-Procreation.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian.

Source: Monaghan BGH 191, 219.
Nin-Mah, {Great-Lady}.

Geography/Culture: Summerian, Babylonian.
Male Associate: Her son Ninurta, named Her queen of a mountain, hursag, he had heaped up.

Source: ARAS 2Bd.011.
Nin-Makh, Great-Lady.
Alternate meaning: Lady-Mother.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian.

Source: Prichard ANEv1 28; Monaghan BGH 221.
Nin-Ti, Lady-of-the-Rib-of-Life.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian.
Description: Goddess of childbirth.

Nin-Tu, Lady-Life-Giver.
Alternate meanings: Lady-of-the-Womb, Lady-of-the-Land.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian, Babylonian.
Description: Goddess of the earth, conception and childbirth; Matron of procreation; the Pure-Virgin; Serpent Goddess.
{She really doesn't seem to be in the right place}

Source: Funk & Wagnall SDFML 122; Larousse WM 59, 61; T.THG/274, 287.
worked on: December, August, May 1995; April 1992; August, February 1991; July 1990.
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