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Semiramis, Beloved-of-the-Dove-Goddess.
[to Whom the twenty-first day of December, day 355, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Assyria.
Linguistic Note: The Assyrian form of Her name, Sammur-Rammat, is believed to be derived from summat, dove, and to signify, the dove Goddess loveth Her.
Description: Queen-Goddess of great beauty, intelligence, mighty works, love and sensuality; She Who destroys all those She takes to Her bed; Road builder; Creatress of embankments to contain the flooding of the River Euphrates.
In Greek classical literature She is a legendary Queen of Assyria, Who, deserted at birth was protected by doves until found and adopted by the chief of royal shepherds, Simmas. She was reputed to have built the city of Babylon, among others. She was worshipped as a Goddess after Her death.
To Whom Sacred: dove (doves protected Her when abandoned at birth; She is said to have departed from earth in dove form - in many countries the dove is associated with love - it also symbolizes innocence, gentleness and holiness); the mounds of Semiramis (pointed out all over Western Asia, and said to be the graves of lovers whom She buried alive).
Male Associates: Foster father Simmas. She had several consorts including Onnes, who is said to have hanged himself when She took Ninos (whom She later killed in the Mother Goddess and divine lover tradition) as Her consort. Son, Ninyas.

Source: F,J.PSDMO/169-70; M,DA.MBA/417-18, 423-426, 431
Sammuramat, {Sublime-Dove}.

Geography/Culture: Babylonia.
Description: She Who is an incarnation of the Great Mother {probably a reference to Ishtar, Light-Giving}; She Who is thought to be a royal Princess; Queen and Queen Mother; She Whose memory became attached to the myths associated with the Mother Goddess of love and battle; She Who presides over the destinies of humanity; She Who represents the principle of mother-right and succession through the female line; She Who was associated with the revival of Mother worship; She Who is associated with social and religious innovations; Introducer of equality between the sexes; the Lady of the palace; Lady of the city of Asshur.
As the high-priestess She was identified with the Goddess Whose bird name She bore.
Male Associates: consort and mortal monarch, Shamshi-Adad VII. Son (and/or consort), Adad-Nirari IV. These two monarchs were identified with war and fertility gods. Her marriage was probably related to the Assyrian conquest of Babylonia in order to legitimize the throne.

Source: M,DA.MBA/417-19, 437
worked on: November, May 1995; July 1991.
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