The Descent of Inanna – Part 3


  • A lament was raised in the city:
  • “My Lady weeps bitterly for her young husband.
  • Inanna weeps bitterly for her young husband.
  • Woe for her husband! Woe for her young love!
  • Woe for her house! Woe for her city!
  • Dumuzi was taken captive in Uruk.
  • He will no longer bathe in Eridu.
  • He will no longer soap himself at the holy shrine.
  • He will no longer treat the mother of Inanna as his mother.
  • He will no longer perform his sweet task
  • Among the maidens of the city.
  • He will no longer compete with the young men of the city.
  • He will no longer raise his sword higher than the kurgarra priests.
  • Great is the grief of those who mourn for Dumuzi.”
  • Inanna wept for Dumuzi:
  • “Gone is my husband, my sweet husband.
  • Gone is my love, my sweet love.
  • My beloved has been taken from the city.
  • O, you flies of the steppe,
  • My beloved bridegroom has been taken from me
  • Before I could wrap him with a proper shroud.
  • The wild bull lives no more.
  • The shepherd, the wild bull lives no more.
  • Dumuzi, the wild bull, lives no more.
  • I ask the hills and valleys:
  • ‘Where is my husband?’
  • I say to them:
  • ‘I can no longer bring him food.
  • I can no longer serve him drink.’
  • The jackal lies down in his bed.
  • The raven dwells in his sheepfold.
  • You ask me about his reed pipe?
  • The wind must play it for him.
  • You ask me about his sweet songs?
  • The wind must sing them for him.”
  • Sirtur, the mother of Dumuzi, wept for her son:
  • “My heart plays the reed pipe of mourning.
  • Once my boy wandered so freely on the steppe,
  • Now he is captive.
  • Once Dumuzi wandered so freely on the steppe,
  • Now he is bound.
  • The ewe gives up her lamb.
  • The goat gives up her kid.
  • My heart plays the reed pipe of mourning.
  • O treacherous steppe!
  • In the place where he once said
  • ‘My mother will ask for me,’
  • Now he cannot move his hands.
  • He cannot move his feet.
  • My heart plays the reed pipe of mourning.
  • I would go to him,
  • I would see my child.”
  • The mother walked to the desolate place.
  • Sirtur walked to where Dumuzi lay.
  • She looked at the slain wild bull.
  • She looked into his face. She said:
  • “My child, the face is yours.
  • The spirit has fled.”
  • There is mourning in the house.
  • There is grief in the inner chambers.
  • The sister wandered about the city, weeping for her brother.
  • Geshtinanna wandered about the city, weeping for Dumuzi:
  • “O my brother! Who is your sister?
  • I am your sister.
  • O Dumuzi! Who is your mother?
  • I am your mother.
  • The day that dawns for you will also dawn for me.
  • The day that you will see I will also see.
  • I would find my brother! I would comfort him!
  • I would share his fate!”
  • When she saw the sister’s grief,
  • When Inanna saw the grief of Geshtinanna,
  • She spoke to her gently:
  • “Your brother’s house is no more.
  • Dumuzi has been carried away by the galla.
  • I would take you to him,
  • But I do not know the place.”
  • Then a fly appeard.
  • The holy fly circled the air above Inanna’s head and spoke:
  • “If I tell you where Dumuzi is,
  • What will you give me?”
  • Inanna said:
  • “If you tell me,
  • I will let you frequent the beer-houses and taverns.
  • I will let you dwell among the talk of the wise ones.
  • I will let you dwell among the songs of the minstrels.”
  • The fly spoke:
  • “Lift your eyes to the edges of the steppe,
  • Lift your eyes to Arali.
  • There you will find Geshtinanna’s brother,
  • There you will find the shepherd Dumuzi.”
  • Inanna and Geshtinanna went to the edges of the steppe.
  • They found Dumuzi weeping.
  • Inanna took Dumuzi by the hand and said:
  • “You will go to the underworld
  • Half the year.
  • Your sister, since she has asked,
  • Will go the other half.
  • On the day you are called,
  • That day you will be taken.
  • On the day Geshtinanna is called,
  • That day you will be set free.”
  • Inanna placed Dumuzi in the hands of the eternal.
  • Holy Ereshkigal! Great is your renown!
  • Holy Ereshkigal! I sing your praises!


This particular version of the Descent of Inanna comes from the book Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth – Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer written by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer.

Diane Wolkstein is a gifted storyteller and professional folklorist who made the myths about Inanna really come back to life in such a way that the stories of this great Goddess are very enjoyable to read.

Everyone who worships this Venusian Deity, or feels a strong connection to this beautiful Goddess will certainly enjoy this book, and should, therefore, consider to add this great work to his or her library.



21 replies »

  1. Hi,

    As, I have come to know that you are from Denmark. So, I would like to know, Do you have ever studied about Norse Mythology and Rune Magick. Because, In Norse Mythology Balder had a wife called “Nanna” which is, I think identical to Innana. Like ISHTERr, the wife of Balder also followed him to underworld after the Death of Balder.


  2. Well, you’re mistaken about me being from Denmark. I am European though. I live in a country called the Netherlands, or Holland. Our people are called the Dutch. It is a very small country bordering the Northsea, close to England. On the other side it lies next to Belgium and Germany. Unfortunately my country (though it has a rich history, but not all of it to be proud of) has no mythology to call its own. It is a country mostly ruled by the church, and in older times those suspected of witchcraft and sorcery were fervently persecuted and put to death.

    Now to answer your question. I am familiar with Norse mythology, but not enough to voice any opinion about it.
    It has been years since I last read any books on Norse mythology. I used to like it very much when I was a child, just as I did with Greek mythology. I can remember, from the Norse myths, that I was always very fond of the war-like aspect of those people. Especially their notion of honor, as their greatest honor was to die in battle with the enemy.

    As for Rune Magick, I have recently obtained a small book called: “Het Geheim van de Runen” written by “Gebu Urdiz”, or, in English: “The Secret of the Runes”. While I think it’s an interesting little book, I must admit that my preferences lie elsewhere.

    If I have the chance I will look up this myth you speak about.


  3. Of course I don’t mind. Mistakes are easily made! Because my country is so small it is probably not well known in other parts of the world. Maybe you have heard of Amsterdam? It’s the capital city of my country, and it is a famous city for tourists as you can legally visit prostitutes and smoke weed without getting arrested (just as in the rest of our country). 🙂


  4. Dear friend, I know about Netherland, here in my country, it is famous for milk and smelling cheese ! 🙂 And I have no interest in pimp & prostitute; and Hemp & Dhatura is abundant and native here in my country, Your are welcome! 🙂


  5. Indeed! Milk and smelly cheese! And don’t forget the wooden shoes! 🙂
    I just took the prostitutes as example. That is what it’s most famous for in other countries. It is not my interest either, as I’m a bit oldschool and more in favour of romantic relationships.

    You live in the States?


  6. It is interesting to see that the followers of Our Ancient Tradition are scattered all over the world. United by our common interests, yet, at the same time so diverse due to the places we live in. It’s beautiful!
    If you ever make it to the Netherlands let me know. You will be more than welcome in my home. 🙂

    The chance of me visiting Asia is currently as remote as me visiting the moon. 🙂


  7. Wow! From India? The land of the Goddess Kali. The fierce protector with four arms. She is a great Goddess of Night, and is said to be an excellent protector for those who are in grave danger. I have a little statue of Her in my temple chamber. I’ve had it since I was a child, and I have a great admiration for this nightmarish Goddess.

    I must admit that I am not familiar with Facebook in any way…
    If you desire to discuss any private matters I can give you my email adress.


  8. Happy to know your admiration for Goddess Kali. I was initiated in the Mysteries of Kali, long ago by my Spiritual Master. Would love to know your email, I think it will be Great ! 🙂

    It will be very helpful for both of us in future, if we decide to discuss any spiritual or magickal matter through private correspondence. Sometimes I discuss some private matters with Warlock Asylum this way.


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