Ereshkigal (Allatu)


 
Ereshkigal is the Sumerian goddess of the underworld.

Ereshkigal was a cunning and clever goddess who ruled over the underworld.

When Inanna (the Sumerian name for the goddess Ishtar) ventured into the underworld, Ereshkigal forced her to take off a piece of clothing at each of the seven gates before she reached her. Ereshkigal knew that if Inanna arrived naked, she would be stripped of her special powers.

 

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