In ancient Mesopotamia, the Goddess Inanna was the most worshiped female deity. In Sumerian her name means “The Lady of the Skies” and to the north of Babylon she is called Ishtar.
Inanna is an adventurous Goddess of many myths. Among them it is told that she decided to go down to the underworld to visit her sister, the Goddess Ereshkigal. However, upon arriving there, Inanna encountered 7 gates. To cross each of them, the Goddess left part of her robes and her protective talismans, arriving completely naked to meet her sister. Ereshkigal’s penetrating gaze killed Inanna.
- Attributes: Goddess of the sky, love, wisdom, war, fertility and eroticism
- Symbols: Sky, clouds, flowers, trees, wars, births, rose of the winds and the skin
- Place: Mesopotamia
As Inanna did not return to the living world, her consort, Dumuzi, took the power of the city of Erech to him, betraying Inanna’s confidence. However, the goddess’s father created two monsters that went to her rescue her in the underworld. By the rules of the underworld ruled by Ereshkigal, once a soul belongs to the place, it can not leave. Inanna, defying this law, fled and, upon learning of Dumuzi’s betrayal, she sent him to take her place in the underworld.
While on the ground plane she also encountered the Demon Goddess Lilith at the roots of a tree she planned to turn into a throne. At that time he was saved by Gilgamesh.
Several of her myths tell about love, about her lovers and her sensual side, but she is almost never credited as responsible for bringing civilization to the world. His father Enki had the tablets of fate and kept them with him, like real treasures. With pity for humanity, Inanna traveled to her father’s house and was very well received, with food and wine. Enki loved her company and, after drinking too much, promised to give her anything she wanted. Promptly she asked for the tablets and her father, under the effects of alcohol, did not deny it. They were given to mankind and thus civilization as we know it began and prospered.
Goddess Inanna – Divine Woman
Like Venus, Isis and several other Goddesses of Love, Inanna has a sensual side that is very accentuated in her stories, making her dependent on heroes on some occasions to get out of trouble. Yet she has other strong characteristics: like Athena and Freyja she is warlike and wise in commanding her people or protecting herself from rape. Like Demeter, she is also Goddess of Fertility, making the earth and the people thrive under her eyes.
Inanna possesses many qualities and has all the characteristics of the woman who as well as the Mother Goddess knows how to give love and affection when deserved or to cause storms when necessary.