Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Joy of Saying

"This day could be any other day.
No days in Enheduanna’s life are known.
A few facts are: Enheduanna lived four thousand three hundred years ago in the kingdom where writing was invented, now called Iraq,
And she was the first woman writer, the first woman who signed her words,
Also the first woman who wrote laws,
And an astronomer, a sage of the stars,
That she suffered exile,
And in writing she sang to the moon goddess Inanna, her protector, and she celebrated the joy of writing, which is a fiesta:

like giving birth,
creating life,
conceiving the world."

~Eduardo Galeano, Children of the Days

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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