Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart
Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna
Foreword by Judy Grahn
Betty De Shong Meador
225 Blz., ISBN 978 0 292 75242 9
University of Texas Press, 2000
"That these poems deal immediately with the very popular ´goddess literature´ and with
an individual woman in a most important historical situation should give this work widespread appeal."
- John Maier, Suny College at Brockport,
cotranslator of the Epic of Gilgamesh
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 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.
Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst in private practice, who also teaches at the California Institute
of Integral Studies and at New College, both in San Francisco, and at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
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