Origin: Sumerian

Meaning: the name possibly means "lady of the heavens".

Inanna is the name of a Sumerian goddess of the earth, love, war, and fertility. She seems to have been a very important goddess, even being equated with Ishtar, Astarte, and the Greek goddess Aphrodite. One of the most famous myths about her is the descent of Inanna into the Underworld in which she journeys into the underworld where she is killed there by her sister Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld. The only way she could leave was if someone took her place and she chose her husband Dumuzi, who had not missed her when she had been missing.

Inanna also features in the Epic of Gilgamesh. She is often depicted as a fickle goddess.



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