At the heart of Inanna’s quest for justice is a provocation. A provocation spurred on by perceived acts of disloyalty, slights to her status, romantic mishaps, sexual transgressions and even acts of violence.
Criticisms notwithstanding, the fact remains that our modern legal system is not too different from Hammurabi’s time and is even considered to be a continuation of it.
“Enheduanna is indeed the world’s first individually identified author. As well as being a priestess, she was also a princess as the daughter of Sargon of Akkad (‘Sargon the Great’). Ishtar was worshipped with songs of praise, festivals, and libations.”
Hitherto, my understanding of the Abrahamic religions was that they were monotheistic from the very inception of the religion. But through The Red Tent, I saw a different story, one in which a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses existed alongside a monotheistic belief.
In the beginning, there was only nature. We lived alongside her laws and her ways. With the annals of time, humans created civilisation. Without the written word, civilisation wouldn’t exist. And it all began with the scribes – the very first wordsmiths who etched their words so they would never be forgotten or lost.
4,300 years ago in ancient Sumer, the most powerful person in the city of Ur was banished to wander the vast desert. Her name was Enheduanna, and by the time of her exile, she had written forty-two hymns and three epic poems— and Sumer hadn’t heard the last of her. Who was this woman, and why was she exiled?