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Scripts𒀭𒈹 Sumerian Cuneiform
PronouncedPron.i-NAH-nə English

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Sumerian nin-an-a(k) meaning "lady of the heavens", from 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and the genitive form of 𒀭 (an) meaning "heaven, sky". Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility and war. She descended into the underworld where the ruler of that place, her sister Ereshkigal, had her killed. The god Enki interceded, and Inanna was allowed to leave the underworld as long as her husband Dumuzi took her place.

Inanna was later conflated with the Semitic (Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian) deity Ishtar.


Inanna depicted on an ancient vaseInanna depicted on an ancient vase


celestial, earth, feminine, fertility deities, goddesses, love, love deities, mythology, sky, sky deities, Tales characters, war deities, women
Entry updated July 11, 2018   Contribute