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  The Devolution of the Goddess

Inanna’s Mythology | The Huluppu Tree

Queen of Heaven
Queen of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld, almost certainly the Goddess Inanna/Ishtar. Terracotta relief. Dated around 2000 B.C.E.
© S. Beaulieu, after Neumann Plate 126.
Inanna, Gilgamesh and the Huluppu Tree A translation of the Huluppu Tree story by Diane Wolkstein & Samuel Noah Kramer exists online.
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"As a result of her control of fecundity and her centrality in the "Sacred Marriage," Inanna kept her high standing among the Sumerian deities even as society increased in male-dominance (Wakeman 1985: 8). The poem "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree" gives a mythic explanation of how the throne and the bed used in the "Sacred Marriage" came into existence and, in the process, records a drastic demotion in Inanna's status."
~ from "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree": One Way of Demoting a Great Goddess" by Johanna Stuckey, MatriFocus 2005.
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