Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Goddess Inanna, Queen of Heaven

Paola from Goddess Spiral Health Coaching sent me this wonderful creation this morning! It is so fascinating to see her process as a non-artist myself. (Although, that's a terrible term, isn't it?!)

Inanna can be considered the most prominent female deity in ancient Mesopotamia. She is the  Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare. Her name derives from Queen of Heaven.

Since Inanna embodies the traits of independence, self-determination, and strength in an otherwise patriarchal Sumerian pantheon, she has become the subject of feminist theory. Indeed, in one analysis of "Inanna and the huluppu tree", the author points out how she was implicitly "tamed and controlled", even "demoted", implying her prior importance as a female role model.

On January 2012 the Israeli Feminist artist, Liliana Kleiner, presented in Jerusalem an exhibition of paintings of Inana.

Art by Paola Suarez  

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