I'll begin with a quote from this book regarding Inanna the Sumerian Goddess
Innana-Ishtar as Paradox
"You have thrown into confusion those threads which have been ordered..
You organize those threads which bring confusion.
Inanna, you have destroyed what should not have been destroyed,
You have made what should not have been made."
Words spoken by Enki to Innana, gently pointing out her tendency toward trolling.
In this thread i would like to consider her behaviour in these regards, and also investigate the conspiracy to ban her on a permenant basis due to her
trolling...when, where and by whom...and whether this was wise or just.
In order to establish her behavioural patterns i'll quote Inanna-Ishtar as Paradox and a Coincidence of Opposites
by Pikvah Harris.
" Inanna-Ishtar was a paradox; that is, she embodied with herself polarities and contraries, and thereby she transcended them. She was, to put
it somewhat differently, a deity who incorporated fundamental and irreducible paradoxes. She represented both order and disorder, structure and
anti-structure. In her psychological traits and behavior she confounded and confused normative categories and boundaries
In short she couldn't help herself, it was her contrary nature...
Inanna as a definitively ambiguous character who "belongs to more than one domain at a time and will not fix [her] identity in any one member
of this set of domains. [She] is both this and that."
Inanna as a mediator between the domains, Heaven, the mundane world and the netherworld
"[n her own person she] attests to the coincidentia oppositorum that challenge the hierarchies and rules of the public masculine world, reintroducing
into it confusions, conflicts, tensions, and ambiguities, insisting always on the more complex nature of life than masculine aspirations would
"Inanna-Ishtar is both male and female. Over and over the texts juxtapose the masculine and feminine traits and behavior of the goddess. She can be
bother compassionate, supportive, and nurturing and assertive, aggressive and strong-willed. In short, she breaks the boundaries between the sexes by
embodying both femaleness and maleness
...the androgyny of Inanna also manifests itself in the transvestitism of her cult personnel and adds "Mesopotamians believed that the transforming of
men into women and women into men through the frightening power of the goddess was done "in order to teach the people religious fear."
" Inanna-Ishtar shatters the boundaries that differentiate the species, those between divine and human, divine and animal, human and animal.
"The Strange opacity of certain empirical events, the dumb senselessness of intense or inexorable pain, and the enigmatic unaccountability of gross
iniquity all raise the uncomfortable suspicion that perhaps the world, and hence man's life in the world, has no genuine order at all - no empirical
regularity, no form, no moral coherence.
In summary, Inana was a recipe for anarchy on a cosmic scale, she simply recognised no boundaries and was given towards undermining anything and
everything, she moved freely between the Earth, Heavens and Underworld, blurred distinctions in gender and species, and generally made a mockery of
all rules and regulations.
Nor did she see any boundaries as constraining the expansion of her interests, she took control of the Heavens from Anu, tricked Enki out of all his
Mes tablets which were seals that granted rights and authority in all aspects of Divine and Human affairs, and became the supreme Near Eastern
The heavens are mine and the earth is mine: I am heroic! In Unug the E-ana is mine, in Zabalam the Giguna is mine, in Nibru the Dur-an-ki is
mine, in Urim the E-Dilmuna is mine, in Ĝirsu the Ešdam-kug is mine, in Adab the E-šara is mine, in Kiš the Ḫursaĝ-kalama is mine, in Kisiga
the Amaš-kuga is mine, in Akšak the Anzagar is mine, in Umma the Ibgal is mine, in Agade the Ulmaš is mine. Which god compares with
Whether by scheming or screaming she always got her own way...
42-45. (Inana speaks "Maybe it will muddy the waters, and will leave gigantic cowpats -- but let my father give me the Bull of Heaven, so I
can kill the lord, so I can kill the lord, so I can kill the lord, Lord Gilgameš!"
46-49. Great An replied to holy Inana: "My child, the Bull of Heaven would not have any pasture, as its pasture is on the horizon. Maiden Inana, the
Bull of Heaven can only graze where the sun rises. So I cannot give the Bull of Heaven to you!"
50-51. Holy Inana replied to him: "I shall shout, and make my voice reach heaven and earth!"
52-54. [He was frightened, he was frightened. [(1 ms. adds here …… was frightened of Inana.] Great An replied to holy Inana: "I shall give her the
Bull of Heaven."]
Her power was such that it was considered that she could even cause the dead to return;
28 To bring back her worshipper from the grave,
29 No one [but she] is able.
30 To bring the dead to life, to ..[.] the pit(?)
31 No one [but she] is able.
32 To give long life to him that hears her,
33 No one [but she] is able.
34 [ . ] .... [...] to act without realizing it,
35 No one [but she] is able.
36 Ištar controls the [..]. regulations of land and peoples.
37 She has brought everything that exists to completion,
38 Has perfected the rites, has achieved mastery of all things.
So were did it all go wrong...???...was it simply a case of the people losing faith and interest in her cult, or was there conspiracy against her.
Here's a tradition that might give some insight;
Many Biblical scholars and theologians point out that although Rome was the prevailing pagan power in the 1st century when the Book of
Revelation was written, the symbolism of the whore of Babylon refers not to an invading infidel of foreign power, but to an apostate false queen, a
former "bride" who has been unfaithful and who, even though she has been divorced and cast out because of unfaithfulness, continues to falsely claim
to be the "queen" of the spiritual realm
Inana had seven names, she passed through seven stages in entering into the Underworld accompanied by seven demons, and was seen as wearing seven
sacred aspects of clothing;
1. The SHU.GAR.RA she put on her head.
2. "Measuring pendants," on her ears.
3. Chains of small blue stones, around her neck.
4. Twin "stones," on her shoulders.
5. A golden cylinder, in her hands.
6. Straps, clasping her breast.
7. The PALA garment, clothed around her body.
An appearance then denigrated to the 'Whore of Babylon', but still insistent on her former status, what had happened in the interim between this
passage being written and the height of her cult?
The ones who effectively ended her influence in the Near East were the Aryan rulers of Persia, the Achaemenid Empire, with the Jewish Temple scribes
of Jerusalem playing a supporting role.
The Persian Dynasty eventually adopted the cult of Ahura Mazda, Zoroastrianism, which is based on absolute principles and boundaries understood as
truth, anything seen outside of this as lie, a study in white and black, with no place for any questioning Goddess.
The Jews were fully supportive of the reformation of the Aryan rulers of Babylon, to the extent that Cyrus the Great was understood as a Messiah,
annointed one, of YHWH.
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