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Kilili-Mushritu, She-Who-Leans-Out-Invitingly.
Alternate meanings: She-Who-Peers-Out,
Kilili-Who-Leans-Out (gloss: as a prostiture from her window).
[to Whom the twentieth day of August, day 232, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Mesopotamia: Babylonian.
Description: All-accepting One; Queen of women; She Who is laden with vitality, charm and voluptuousness; She Who gives the power of reproduction and increase in the fields; Goddess of fertility, sexual love and sacramental promiscuity; Matron of priestess-hierodules; She Who causes and relieves sexual anxiety; She Who mellows the behaviour of men; She Who generates the attraction between sexes in all animals including humanity; She Who adorns the male for the female and the female for the male; She Whose gift is physical rapport and the satisfaction of desire; She without Whom nothing is conceived; Granter of reproduction; Opener of the womb.
She is the origin of the biblical writer's hatred of Babylon, the Great Whore, Mother of Harlots.
To Whom Sacred: bird; window; nudity; menses; estrus; menstrual blood; sacred prostitution {it is society's misfortune that monotheism has made the courtesan a criminal}; the full moon (called the sabattu, 'Day of the Heart's Rest', when the moon is neither increasing nor decreasing; the Goddess was believed to be menstruating at this time for which reason it was considered unlucky to work, eat cooked food, or go on a journey).
Iconography: Little shrines containing Her image (where She was represented nude and seated in a window-frame), were set up in the houses of ancient Babylon). Such images are also found in Phoenicia approximately 825 BC.

Source: Harding WMAM 62-63, 156-161, image: fig. 29; Monaghan BGH 167; Moscati WP 89; Walker WEMS 450, 452, 459, 642, 820.
Absusu, ----.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian.

Abtagigi, She-Who-Sends-Messages-of-Desire.

Geography/Culture: Sumerian.
Description: Goddess of love.

Har, {Pregnant-Mountain}.

Geography/Culture: Babylonia.
Linguistic Note: from the root har came hara, Hebrew for both a holy mountain and a pregnant belly. {Presumably based on the element -khar as in the name of Nin-Kharsag. It seems possible that the Char- element in the name of the triple Chariteae, may also be etymologically related. Related English words: harlot(s), harem.
Description: Goddess of sexuality and its mysteries; the Compassionate Prostitute.
To Whom Sacred: the Harines, see below.

Source: Walker WEMS 374.
Harines, ----.

Geography/Culture: Babylonia.
Description: {Multiple Goddess as incarnated in} sacred harlot Priestesses; Those Who bestow sovereignty and bring peace; Those Whose impregnation proves virility and the good graces of the Goddess; Teachers of the sexual mysteries.
They occupied that part of the temple which came to be called the Harem, 'sanctuary'.

Source: Walker WEMS 374.
Houris, ----.

Geography/Culture: Islamic.
Linguistic Note: the word houris is related to Greek Horai, qv. Harines, above.
Description: Beautiful celestial emanations of the Goddess, Who will be awarded to the faithful when they reach heaven.
Source: Walker WEMS.

Zib, ----.

Geography/Culture: Babylonian, Mesopotamian.
Description: Goddess of sexual desire.
To Whom Sacred: the evening star.

Source: BGH/311.
worked on: August, July, May 1995; August 1991; July, June 1990.
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