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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 80, Inanna Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 80, Inanna Summary and Analysis

Inanna is the most widely known Goddess name among the Sumerians. Inanna was born to the Goddess Ningal (or Ninmah), daughter of the Goddess Nammu. Inanna is said to have held full power of judgment and control of the law of heaven and earth. She watches over all as the morning and evening stars and the planet Venus.

Each new year Inanna prepares for the sacred mating ritual. She chooses for her bed the man that will be appointed as shepherd. He is always referred to as Damuzi, the deceased lover and son of Inanna. The man must prove his worth in bed before he is officially appointed. The priestesses of Inanna's temple make love to those who come to pray, initiating them so that they may gain Inanna's wisdom of life's creative process.

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