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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 79, Nidaba Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 79, Nidaba Summary and Analysis

Nidaba is often symbolized as a serpent or as having a serpent tail. She is regarded as the Goddess of writing. It is she who created the stylus that is pressed into the clay tablets. Priestesses of her temple, or Naditu, were in charge of recording land assignments. Nidaba is also credited with writing the sacred laws of Lagash. Her seven arms are said to hold the seven tablets that contain the 50 decrees of righteousness. Nidaba's scribe, Belit Sheri, is charged with recording the deeds of all humankind upon the leaves of the Tree of Life. Each new year the goddess Nanshe judges humankind based on their deeds in accordance with the sacred laws.

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