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  The Devolution of the Goddess

Inanna’s Mythology: The Descent

Inanna's Descent to the Underworld by Johanna Stuckey. MatriFocus, Cross-Quarterly for the Goddess Woman, Beltane, 2005, Bol. 4-3. This article describes Inanna's descent into the Underworld and her encounter with Ereshkigal, with interpretations and a few illustrations. Read the article to learn more.

Inanna with wings and claws
A winged goddess wearing a multi-horned crown stands with her head in the realm of the deities and their devotees. Her bird-clawed feet rest in a place, likely the underworld, inhabited by strange and demonic creatures. Some think her to be Lilith, but the crown shows her to be a great goddess, almost certainly Inanna.
Mesopotamian cylinder seal. Hematite. 2000-1600 BCE.
© S. Beaulieu, after Wolkstein and Kramer 1983: 51.


Inana's descent to the nether world: translation In The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature from Oxford University, you can read a translation of Inanna's descent. Read the translation.