Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart
Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna


By Betty De Shong Meador
Foreword by Judy Grahn


"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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