“Lady of battle, his beloved spouse” : the relationship between the body of Inana/Ištar and her spheres of war and love from the Jemdet Nasr to the old Babylonian period

van Dijk-Coombes, Renate Marian (2020)

CITATION: van Dijk-Coombes, R. M. 2020. “Lady of battle, his beloved spouse”: The relationship between the body of Inana/Ištar and her spheres of war and love from the Jemdet Nasr to the old Babylonian period. Die Welt Des Orients, 50(1):146–176.

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Inana/Ištar is the Mesopotamian goddess of war and sexual love. These spheres are both fundamentally physical and corporeal, with the body playing an intrinsic role in both. This paper looks at how the body of Inana/Ištar manifests and is manifested by her two main spheres of influence from the Jemdet Nasr until the Old Babylonian Period. This is done by examining textual evidence, specifically royal inscriptions and mythological and religious compositions, and the visual repertoire. Similarities and differences in how these two types of sources expressed the role of the goddess’s body in relation to both spheres will be identified and analysed.

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