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    Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna (Hardback) By (author) Betty De Shong Meador, Foreword by Judy Grahn

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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart
    Subtitle
    Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Betty De Shong Meador, Foreword by Judy Grahn
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 585 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292752412
    ISBN 10: 0292752415
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    DC21: 899.951
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    18 b&w photos, 6 line drawings, 1 map
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "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