Monday, February 25, 2013

Sumerian Mother Goddess Ninhursag

Ninhursag = 14+9+14+8+21+18+19+1+7 = 111
In Sumerian mythology, Ninhursag (NIN.URSAG) was the earth and mother goddess, one of the major deities of ancient Sumer. Also known as Nintu and sometimes identified with Ki, she was principally a goddess of fertility and sacred mountains. Temple hymn sources identify her as the "true and great lady of heaven," and kings of Sumer were "nourished by Ninhursag's milk." One of the oldest of the Mesopotamian gods, Ninhursag both subsumed the characteristics of similar deities like Ki (earth) and others, and was later herself subsumed by the fertility goddess Inanna/Ishtar. She is known to have had temples at Eridu and Kish, and other locations. She is typically depicted wearing a horned head-dress and tiered skirt, often with bow cases at her shoulders, and not infrequently carries a mace or baton surmounted by an omega motif or a derivation, sometimes accompanied by a lion cub on a leash. She is the tutelary deity to several Sumerian rulers. In the myth of Enki and Ninhursag, she heals the major deity Enki of a dreadful disease and gives birth to eight more gods, including Ninti, the "Lady of the Rib." In the flood story of Atrahasis, as the "womb-goddess" Nintu, she is chosen by the other gods to be the creator of humankind, whom she fashions out of a mixture of blood and clay. Analysts have noted numerous parallels between myths involving Ninhursag and the Genesis account in the Bible, including the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.


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