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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 81, Ereshkigal Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Chapter 81, Ereshkigal Summary and Analysis

Ereshkigal is the Goddess who reigns over Irkalla, the Land of the Dead. She is sometimes described as Inanna's sister, but her accounts seem to predate Inanna's.

The Annunaki are planning a great feast. Ereshkigal must decline the invitation to the party as she is too busy. She chooses Namtar, her loyal assistant, to attend the party in her place. Each deity but one bows to Namtar out of respect for Ereshkigal. Nergal, the God of war and disease, refuses to pay his respects to Namtar. Upon hearing of Nergal's disrespect, Ereshkigal demands that he come to Irkalla to apologize. Namtar is sent to fetch Nergal. Before he leaves heaven Nergal is instructed by the God Ea to refuse everything offered by Ereshkigal. It is Ea's hope to undermine Ereshkigal's powers. Nergal forgets all warnings when he sees Ereshkigal...

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