Inanna and Ebih Pt 2

Here we go with part two of Inanna and Ebih! With tomorrow being Women Empowerment Day, I thought this was a fitting way to lead up to a full breakdown of Enheduanna’s story and her struggle to take back what was stolen from her. I am inspired by what she accomplished so long ago, and love her story, from start to finish. With that said, part two is incoming; I hope you enjoy!

 

-Joni

 

IV. Inanna Goes to An

 

Inanna

child of the Moon God

a soft bud swelling

her queen’s robe cloaks the slender stem

on her smooth brow she paints

fire beams and fearsome glint

 

fastens carnelian

blood-red and glowing

around her throat

 

and then her hand clasps

the seven-headed mace

she stands as in youth’s prime

her right hand grasps the mace

 

steps, yes she steps her narrow foot

on the furred back

of a wild lapis lazuli boll

 

and she goes out

white-sparked, radiant

in the dark vault of evening’s sky

star-steps in the street

through the Gate of Wonder

 

and goes before the god

offers him the first fruits

with sacrificial prayer

 

An stretches out his hands

takes the fruit in

pleased, he receives Inanna

 

then sits in the place

he calls his own

and motions her

beside his great right hand

 

she speaks:

An

my father

be well! silim!

listen to my words

give me your ear

 

An, your word

proclaimed throughout heaven

dread of my fearsome brilliance

 

An, you are he who

gives my word weight

over all others

in heaven and on earth

who gives my iron cold ax

dominion to heaven’s outer edge

 

who carved godly pillars

beautiful as queens

to mark the place I stand

there you set my solid throne

there you bent the impaling pole

to my eager hands

 

and I ride out

team of six in harness

pulled over sky roads

to the bounds of heaven

I come forth a queen

like cool moonlight down the breast of the sky

 

arrows shot from my hands

strip field, forest, orchard

like the teeth of locusts

 

arrows sharp as harrows

level the rebel’s field

 

my hands like falcon claws

slash heads

like the FIRST SNAKE

I come out of the mountains

fast as snakes slip through earth cracks

I smash heads

 

An KING

I carry your name

unraveled on a flaxen cord

to the edge of the earth

 

my eyes scan the earth

I know the length of it

 

I travel heaven’s pure road

I know the depth of it

 

even the holy Annuna

stand in awe of me

listen!

I the Lady

came near

and the mountain did not fear

 

I Inanna came near

the mountain did not fear

 

came near

Mount Ebih

and the mountain did not fear

 

did not tremble

of its own accord

nor wipe its nose on the ground

nor flatten its lips in the dust

 

I grab the upstarts in my hands

shake them

make them fear me

 

set a great ox

against its great strength

a calf

against its small strength

 

I chase them with my rope dance

goad them with my jump rope

 

I ignite battle

arrows quiver-ready

I braid thick rope slings

polish wood-spear

javelin, shield

 

set fires in their forest borders

ax the wicked

call the Fire God, pure Gibil

to flame trunks and thick branches

 

from my own city

Aratta

hidden jewel and sparkling

I spread terror all down the mountain

 

like an An-cursed place

never again will rise

like a ruin where Enlil frowned

never will lift its neck

 

PRAISE MY WAY MOUNTAIN!

PRAISE ME!

PRAISE MY WAY EBIH!

PRAISE WITH SONG!

 

to be continued tomorrow….

 

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