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[to Whom the second day of November, day 306, is dedicated]
Geography/Culture: Mesopotamia. Sumeria: In Erech (variants: Erek, and Uruk modern Warka) Her temple was called E anna, 'House-of-heaven'. In Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods Her temples appear to have been the core of the community, apparently owning the land, the herds and most material property. This was the situation, even in early historic times, of E Anna.
Linguistic Note: see linguistic Note for Anna, Queen.
Description: Winged Life-giving Great Goddess of the moon and love; Mighty Queen; Designer of all heaven and earth; Giver of the skills of civilisation; Mistress of the land; Sovereign Lady of the Assembly of Deities; Majestic lioness in battle; Wise Counsellor; Divine law-giver; Goddess of the Date-Storehouse.
She may have been a Goddess of the sun Who parches the earth into a desert and then descends to reclaim vegetation seasonally from beneath the earth's surface.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Inanna
To Whom Sacred: wheat; barley; snake coiled round a staff; lion; heifer; cow-horns; morning and evening star (the planet Venus); 8-petalled star; the gate-post knot and loop; eye; the colours white, red and black. Her High-priestess (incarnation on earth) was called 'Divine-Lady'.
Male Associate: consort, Dumuzi, ----, his mortal incarnation (representative) performed a marriage with Innana's High-priestess -- he was sacrificed when no longer willing to defer to the wishes, commands and power of the Goddess.
Ininni, in the city of Kish.
Geography/Culture: Babylonia: Lagash, Nippur (Sargonid period). There was a town called Nina which may have been the origin of, or the actual city, Nineveh. (There is more on Nin-Eveh under Nin-Anna, linked with Anne)
Linguistic Note: The ideogram for Nineveh is a fish enclosed in the sign for a house, possibly indicating a fish-pond.
Description: Great Mother Goddess of life.