Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others - The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld Summary & Analysis

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The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld Summary and Analysis

The author begins by noting these tablets are the Akkadian version of the story, but that there are other versions in existence. This version is shorter, and gives a less detailed account, but does end with ritual instructions for the taklimtu, a known annual ritual. The author also notes a close connection with the Greek story of Persephone, as well as with lines from Gilgamesh. The story begins with Ishtar, the daughter of Sin the moongod, determined to go to Kurnagi, the Underworld. She addresses the keeper of the gate, and announces that she is to be let in, or she will break down the door and make the dead rise and eat the living. The doorkeeper reports the situation back to Ereshkigal, queen of the underworld, and explains...

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