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  • Title: Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna
  • Author: Enheduanna Betty De Shong Meador
  • ISBN: 9780292752429
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback

  • Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna By Enheduanna Betty De Shong Meador The earliest known author of written literature was a woman named Enheduanna, who lived in ancient Mesopotamia around 2300 BCE High Priestess to the moon god Nanna, Enheduanna came to venerate the goddess Inanna above all gods in the Sumerian pantheon The hymns she wrote to Inanna constitute the earliest written portrayal of an ancient goddess In their celebration of EnThe earliest known author of written literature was a woman named Enheduanna, who lived in ancient Mesopotamia around 2300 BCE High Priestess to the moon god Nanna, Enheduanna came to venerate the goddess Inanna above all gods in the Sumerian pantheon The hymns she wrote to Inanna constitute the earliest written portrayal of an ancient goddess In their celebration of Enheduanna s relationship with Inanna, they also represent the first existing account of an individual s consciousness of her inner life.This book provides the complete texts of Enheduanna s hymns to Inanna, skillfully and beautifully rendered by Betty De Shong Meador, who also discusses how the poems reflect Enheduanna s own spiritual and psychological liberation from being an obedient daughter in the shadow of her ruler father Meador frames the poems with background information on the religious and cultural systems of ancient Mesopotamia and the known facts of Enheduanna s life With this information, she explores the role of Inanna as the archetypal feminine, the first goddess who encompasses both the celestial and the earthly and shows forth the full scope of women s potential.
    Enheduanna Betty De Shong Meador
    Akkadian princess, High Priestess of the Moon god Nanna, daughter of Sargon the Great c 2285 2250 BCE While millions of Mesopotamian women lived ordinary lives, an Akkadian princess, daughter of Sargon the Great, lived a life anything but ordinary Enheduanna 2285 to 2250 B.C became one of the most prominent and powerful priestesses in all of Sumer and Akkad She holds the unique position of being the world s first named author in all of history.Her literary output of hymns and songs to the goddess Inanna set a high standard and example of religious psalms, hymns, prayers and poetry that was followed for the next two thousand years The writings of Enheduanna echoed through the centuries, influencing hymns and prayers in other cultures and religions, such as the Bible and Greece s Homeric hymns.Enheduanna was born in northern Mesopotamian to Sargon the Great and his Queen Tashlultum in the city of Akkad As Sargon s daughter, she learned to read and write cuneiform as she studied to be a priestess Sargon, who usurped the throne of Kish and proceeded to conquer all of Mesopotamia and beyond, needed to consolidate his power over southern Mesopotamia.To smooth the religious differences between the Sumerians and Akkadians and to influence the political climate in the south, he appointed Enheduanna as En Priestess or high priestess of the goddess Inanna in the important Sumerian city of Ur The role of an En priestesses was important both politically and religiously and was often held by royal daughters.Enheduanna held the position of En priestess throughout Sargon s reign and that of her brother, Rimush as well Sometime during Rimush s reign, Enheduanna was cast out from her position in the temple During this time of political and religious upheaval, she composed some of her most beautiful poetry and prayers, asking the goddess Inanna to help her When her position was later reinstated, she wrote Nimesarra or The Exaltation of Inanna, which describes both her expulsion and reinstatement.As En priestess, Enheduanna was the chief administrator of the temple to An Her original Akkadian name is unknown, but Enheduanna, the Sumerian title she chose when she came to Ur, translates as En high priestess , Hedu ornament Anna of heaven Temple complexes in Sumeria were huge, the city s essential center, organizing all religious affairs and controlling many secular businesses as well Temples oversaw charitable endeavors, planned religious festivals and employed half the city Enheduanna held this vital position for over 40 years That she survived her exile speaks to her superior performance as En priestess.Enheduanna s literary works include her poems to Inanna, goddess of love, fertility and war, three powerful hymns that helped homogenize Akkadian and Sumerian religions She also composed 42 hymns, poems and prayers known today as the Sumerian Temple Hymns In these she speaks with a direct, personal voice Apparently, Enheduanna was confidant not only as the En priestess but also as an author.

    Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna By Enheduanna Betty De Shong Meador

    Commentaires:

    Chloe
    Enheduanna s poetry remains fantastic, however this book is let down greatly by De Shong Meador s shoddy interpretation of archaeological evidence She is not an archaeologist and it shows Some of her interpretations and assertions are directly contradicted by archaeological sources and textual evidence For example she infers that Enheduanna s poetry was perhaps a rebellion against a male dominated society, and whilst I certainly agree Sumerian Akkadian society was male dominated, her poetry was [...]

    Chloe
    Possibly the definitive translation of Enheduanna s epic work.The scholarship is good and adds a lot to the understanding of the poem However this is an academic book so it is not the easiest read, especially for those not of an archaeological assyriological background as it assumes a fair deal of background knowledge Though for anyone with an interest in Enheduanna and Inanna it is probably the most important book to read.

    Gea
    Meador illuminates the heart and purpose of Inanna and the High Priestess Enheduanna like no other writer Meador may not be an Assyriologist but she has the mind of a mystic and she captures the potency of Inanna, who was once greatest of all the gods She explains the divine human relationship in clear, readable prose Meador is the go to writer for anyone who wants to know how Inanna manifested herself here on Earth.

    Skye
    Incredible Both the poems and the interpretation are rich and rewarding Enheduanna s verse oustrips the most post modern of poets in its rawness and immediacy Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst, not an archaeologist, and this needs to be taken into account as the purpose of this book is interpretation not a historical study.Top marks for bypassing all the tired and worn out ideas Graves perpetuated and actually embracing what is there, rather than trying to bend it to an agenda Extra cre [...]

    Gea
    Brilliant, beautiful, and illuminating One of my favorite books on Mesopotamian religion Meador has the ear and heart of a poet As she delves into each hymn she explores this ancient culture and all that entails Particularly fascinating to me are the story of King Sargon and his brilliant daughter Enheduanna I wish we knew about them but Meador shares with us what is known.

    Seph
    On the surface Princess, Priestess, Poet is a scholarly analysis of the Temple Hymns, a collection of 42 short poems dedicated to various temples and pagan gods in Mesopotamia Within the pages though, Mesopotamia comes to life through the combined efforts of its most ancient poetess, and a modern scholar.Composed by En edu ana, a High Priestess of the moon god Nanna at the ancient city of Ur modern day Iraq during the Akkadian empire, c 2300 BCE, what makes the Temple Hymns unique is that En edu [...]

    Seph
    An interesting attempt at personal interpretation, but ultimately passable as an academic and spiritual source.The major contention I found with the book is that Betty De Shong Meador s personal theories are given weight than academic and archaeological material, such that, even though she freely quotes from learned scholars, their interpretations are often twisted out of true to support her claims.An underlying problem for me was her use of translations, of the three poems by Enheduana As Mea [...]

    BDT
    A particularly poetic work that not only praises a favored diety, but also serves as a lamentation of the author for being expelled from her temple and a desire to return to service A concise yet elegant statement of an individual s place in the world, and the difficulties they face in it.

    RD Chiriboga Moncayo
    Excellent Enheduanna was the world s first great poet.

    Largercircle
    Fascinating discussion of these original texts I was especially interested in the connections between Inanna and Lilith eve I m not sure I agree with the author s interpretations, but I understand them To me, the Inanna of the first poem seems childish and petulant in the second poem I wonder if the priestess is being punished not by Inanna but by Nanna for raising Inanna above him and in the third I also wonder if the voice isn t whiny than not although indeed terrible things seem to have befa [...]

    Aaron Meyer
    This book centers on the three poems to and about Inanna which the High Priestess Enheduanna had written around 2300 BC This doesn t contain any of her Temple Hymns which are found in another book I believe You get an interesting story about the author s attraction to Inanna and then to Enheduanna The early history she presents is very interesting and gives one ideas to jump off in other areas of research You also get a nice history of Enheduanna, her father was Sargon, so it isn t like she was [...]

    Bryce
    Excellent book on 42 poems by the first person in the history of the world that we know of to call herself a writer a poet with a celestial muse, in fact Betty De Shong Meador has done the world a great service by reminding us of this crucially important figure in the history of world culture This book focuses on Enheduanna s temple hymns, poems written to celebrate the temples of ancient Sumer, from Akkad to the Gulf Meador s earlier book, Inanna Lady of Largest Heart, covered Enheduanna s long [...]

    Kimberly Nagy
    This book features some extraordinary scholarship and I am not only enjoying it, but studying it for a six year path of research I ve been weaving together for my own forthcoming book, The Triple Goddess Trials I am deeply impressed by Meador s top notch writing, thorough research and far reaching arguments I also loved the forward by poet and activist, Judy Grahn An inspiring, edifying and deeply important book

    Madeline
    This was a fascinating eye opener It astounds me still, since reading Gilgamesh how much depth and emotion such ancient writing portrays I loved Enheduanna s passion for her goddess This book provided so much insight into the nature of religons impact on female roles in society, how it dictates the appropriate and sacred, and how it can often change and create societies stigmas.

    David
    The first poem ever written okay, that has survived to the present day to be discovered was composed by a woman, Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon the Akkadian ruler of Mesopotamia These poems are powerful appeals to Inanna, the goddess of love and war, and they still retain their emotional weight to the present day A terrific read.

    Stephen Cranney
    First author identified written work in history and by a woman, no less, an interesting fact that feminists should know Accessible to the layperson, which is than I can say for most compilations of ancient Mesopotamian documents.

    Gabriel Clarke
    Marvellous, inspiring, deep exploration provokingOne of my favourite books so far this year Conjures up a world at once alien and oddly familiar.

    Keely
    I wish most of Enheduanna s writing hadnt been lost her work is beautiful andsurprisingly modern for its time Its rather difficult but worth it.

    Steve Mihaylo
    One of the oldest known writings Written by a priestess of Inanna, Enheduanna, in praise Inanna is the the planet we call Venus.

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    A read for a personal challenge based off of the book Rad Women Worldwide.

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