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Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart : Poems of the…

Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart : Poems of the Sumerian High (edition 2001)

by Betty De Shong Meador

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Title:Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart : Poems of the Sumerian High
Authors:Betty De Shong Meador
Info:University of Texas Press (2001), Paperback
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Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart : Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess by Betty De Shong Meador



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If you follow the journey of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, then the ancient hymns and poems by the historical High Priestess Enheduanna will be of great interest.
Betty De Shong Meador weaves the story very colourfully connecting us intimately with the priestess as a person in the here and now. Lots of fine detail and analysis in the author`s extensive research. Enheduanna acts as a guide through the complex Mesopotamian mythology. ( )
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The earliest known author of written literature was a woman named Enheduanna, who lived in ancient Mesopotamia around 2300 BCE. High Priestess to the moon god Nanna, Enheduanna came to venerate the goddess Inanna above all gods in the Sumerian pantheon. The hymns she wrote to Inanna constitute the earliest written portrayal of an ancient goddess. In their celebration of Enheduanna's relationship with Inanna, they also represent the first existing account of an individual's consciousness of her inner life.

This book provides the complete texts of Enheduanna's hymns to Inanna, skillfully and beautifully rendered by Betty De Shong Meador, who also discusses how the poems reflect Enheduanna's own spiritual and psychological liberation from being an obedient daughter in the shadow of her ruler father. Meador frames the poems with background information on the religious and cultural systems of ancient Mesopotamia and the known facts of Enheduanna's life. With this information, she explores the role of Inanna as the archetypal feminine, the first goddess who encompasses both the celestial and the earthly and shows forth the full scope of women's potential.

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