reply to post by windword
Thank you for the star and flag! Glad you enjoy my offerings. I do try to put thought and heart into what I put on ATS.
Concerning the purpose of Nin-Ti and Eve, they certainly do have a lot of differences, which is why I did preface the thread with the point of not
trying to convert, or cause any crises in faith.
But, Judaism, on the whole, was much, much less friendly to women in general. There was no goddess, or divine feminine to counterbalance YHVH which
survived in the Tanakh
at all. In fact, the goddess which, historically, is believed to have been YHVH's counterpart was Asherah, the
Phoenician mother-goddess who births Baal. Both Baal and Asherah do appear in the Hebrew scriptures though. He as a rival to YHVH's power, and she as
a tree which renegade Jews worshiped. At some point Judaism may have had a more balanced belief structure, but somewhere along the way they discarded
women and feminine energy.
Sumer was very kind to feminine forces. Nammu (the primordial sea) is responsible for creating the an-ki
, which was comprised of everything
between "Heaven and Earth." Ninmah, who becomes Ninhursag (Mother Earth) enjoyed universal worship across the whole of Mesopotamia for the several
thousand years during which Sumerian mythology influenced the culture. The children of Ninhursag (of which there are many: Ninšar, Ninkurra,
Ningikugal, Nin-Imma, Uttu, Abu, Azimua, Enšag, Nazi, Ninkasi, Ninsutu, Nin-Ti, Nintulla), were seen as the procreative, fertilizing aspects of the
Earth, as well as the healing and restorative elements found throughout nature in medicine, and other forms of wellness.
So the parallels are only here and there, like the seven, or eight, if you count the location ascribed to each garden paradise, which I outlined and
explained during this thread.
What I found most interesting about Nin-Ti, which I didn't really touch on, was the probability that the whole episode with Eve was a
of the Sumerian account. Imagine, if you will, that we have two Jewish storytellers trying to come to a consensus on what the
Sumerian myth says.
#1 says that the myth explains how a rib-woman was created.
# 2 says how a life-giving woman was created.
Both accounts are accurate. But, because neither scribe was Sumerian, they don't know that Nin-Ti means both things. They think it must be one, or
the other, and it confuses them that the same name is given to these two seemingly separate figures. In frustration, the two Jews just throw their
parchment up and say: "Screw it, it was a woman made from a rib who gave life. Case closed."
I always chuckle when I think of it happening that way.
Anyway, thanks for the reply, and glad you enjoyed the recounting of the myth.