Necronomicon DinGir; NINDINUGGA

Sumerian Goddess Nindinugga


The Necronomicon Tradition is the true gateway of ancient Mesopotamian spirituality. When the Initiate makes the effort to search out the terms and some of the rituals contained within the Simon Necronomicon and compares these with the ancient mythologies concerning the DinGir, coupled with epiphanies from some of the various Gate Gods, an understanding of ancient Sumerian thought becomes clearer, which can even lead to insights that escapes modern scholars. Recently, we decided to create an index of the various DinGir appearing in the Simon Necronomicon so that the Initiate is fully equipped for every good work.

One of the most mysterious deities appearing in the Necronomicon pantheon is Nindinugga. In the Second Testimony of the Mad Arab we find the following:

“And if these worshippers and sorcerers still come at thee, as it is possible, for their power comes from the Stars, and who knows the ways of the Stars?, thou must call upon the Queen of Mysteries, NINDINUGGA, who wilt surely save thee. And thou must make incantations with her Title, which is NINDINUGGA NIMSHIMSHARGAL ENLILLARA. And it is enough merely to shout that Name aloud, Seven times, and she will come to thine aid.”

Since information concerning DinGir Nindinugga is not readily available, many people have wondered if this deity is something fictional, or maybe an aspect of more popular goddess. When we look at the name Nindinugga, we see these three distinct aspects:

NIN = Lady DIN = righteous, pure, bright UGGA  (Uga) = raven, dead

William W. Hallo, in the classic work, The World’s Oldest Literature, defines Nindinugga on page 766 as:

“For Nindinugga, the “Woman who Revives the Dead” in … “the mistress who revives the (near-) dead.”35 The same epithet, applied to Ninisina in a hymnal prayer,36 was translated by Kramer as “queen of the living and the dead. “

Also readers will find it useful to explore aspects of the deity Nindinugga under the name Nintinugga. Readers will see that Nindinugga is actually an aspect of  DinGir Gula. Wikipedia explains further under the title Nintinugga:

“Nintinugga was a Babylonian goddess of healing, the consort of Ninurta. She is identical with another goddess, known as Bau, though it would seem that the two were originally independent.

The name Bau is more common in the oldest period and gives way in the post Khammurabic age to Gula. Since it is probable that Ninib has absorbed the cults of minor sun-deities, the two names may represent consorts of different gods. However this may be, the qualities of both are alike, and the two occur as synonymous designations of Ninib’s female consort.

Other names borne by this goddess are Nin-Karrak, Nin Ezen, Ga-tum-dug and Nm-din-dug, the latter signifying “the lady who restores to life”, or the Goddess of Healing. After the Great Flood, she helped “breath life” back into mankind. The designation well emphasizes the chief trait of Bau-Gula which is that of healer. She is often spoken of as “the great physician,” and accordingly plays a specially prominent role in incantations and incantation rituals intended to relieve those suffering from disease”

I hope this information serves as a gateway of sorts for those who seek to understand this primordial energy a little bit more and that the Initiate of the Necronomicon Tradition find his/her experience with DinGir Nindinugga a healing one indeed.

Simon Magus