The maiden Inanna stands drenched in blood; the vanquished lay before her. Her anger, her wrath and need for vengeance gave birth to her daughter Suen, the Lady of Battle. Many are slain, forests are turned to axe and fire. Many are slain by the anger and wrath of the maiden Inanna.

“O Inanna walks the Earth, where she goes the respect to Inanna’s nature of heavens must be shown. The respect must be shown to the daughter of Anu, twin of Utu. The respect must be shown by all of who the holy Inanna meet.”

Inanna, daughter of Anu, twin sister of the mighty sun Utu walked the Earth. Through field and forest, the wind showed the maiden Inanna their respect. By heads bowed and bent limb they grovelled before her.

O Inanna, daughter of the Night, we beseech thee for your kindness.

By heads bowed and by bent limb they paid their respect, eating the dust before them. The maiden Inanna walked on to the mountains. She walked the mountains and respect was not shown. To the Goddess Inanna, O she of the heavenly nature, O she the daughter of Anu and of Ningal, O she the Goddess was insulted by the mountains. She turned to the mountain Ebih.

“Grind your nose to the dust Ebih, O you not recognise the mother of Suen. The mother of Suen the fury and destruction of battle. Grind your nose to the dust and the Goddess Inanna will show mercy unto the mountain. She will show mercy unto the mountain and let Ebih live.”

The great mountain Ebih was fearsome; for he tolerated no man, tree or god. Vast bulk of rock, sheep and goat dwelt within his forests. Snow crowned his head, so tall as to see to the city of the young gods. Ebih bellowed and tree quivered.

“Ebih refuses O maiden Inanna, Ebih refuse to bend before the daughter of Anu. For she is small of stature, not of heavenly nature. No, O maiden Inanna; Ebih refuses to bend before you.”

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The Queen of the Night’s fury was endless and burned hot. For Inanna did bellow as the thunder. Her anger forged battering rams, swords and dagger. Suen, hearing her holy Mother’s cry, did raise her own voice. Inanna’s glorious twin, the magnificent Utu rose, making the light of the maiden’s breastplate shine across the land.

She woke Gibil, the Purifier of the land; so loud was her roar. A cacophony of lions. Anu, the maiden’s holy father was roused from his slumber and went to his daughter. Gibil spoke firstly:

“O who has awoken Gibil the purifier? Oh who awakens Gibil and brings upon themselves the Flood? The maiden Inanna awakens Gibil; the maiden Inanna, daughter of Anu what is your purpose?”

Anu reached for his daughter, the glorious and magnificent Inanna, stood proudly in the light of Utu.

“O daughter Inanna why have you awoken Gibil and Anu? O daughter why bring upon wrath and fury, why bring upon Suen?”

The Goddess turns to face Gibil and Anu. Proudly she stands in the glory of Utu.

“O father Anu, O father Anu of the maiden Inanna and Gibil, purifier of the lands, purifier of disrespect. Inanna, the mother of Suen, has brought upon wrath and destruction for Ebih, the mountain shows not Inanna respect. Ebih the mountain shows not the holy Queen Inanna respect and grind his nose.”

Anu, the Father and Gibil the Purity both shrink away.

“He is too fearsome and dangerous, O Inanna my daughter. He is too fearsome for your father Anu to break.”

“He is too big O Inanna, daughter of the Night. He is too big for Gibil to purify.”

The maiden Inanna glows with the heat of battle; she cries and the rams do batter Ebih. Approaching Ebih, each step sharpening her dagger, she walks slowly and deliberately to the disrespectful mountain. Step by step she approaches Ebih and grabs him by the neck. Her children’s fury brings forth fire; fire and dust and smoke. The head of Ebih turns to dust and fire. Rocks do fall from his mighty body, forests do burn. Her children do sacrifice themselves upon her vengeance.

The anger of the maiden Inanna kills the accursed mountain Ebih. She says unto him as he dies in fire and flame:

“O Ebih, the most glorious of mountains. O Ebih the mighty; if you had but ground your nose to the dust, Inanna your Queen may not have killed thee. O Inanna your Queen is merciful.”

Ebih, the mountain dies before Inanna; headless and scorched. Inanna the fair maiden, daughter of Anu, twin to the sun Utu; continues her walk of the Earth.

To Chapter Forty – The Cleaner

Based on the temple hymn of Inana and Ebih.
 Picture from: http://www.mesopotamiangods.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/3a-Anu-Inanna1.jpg
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