Definition of Ereshkigal
1. Noun. Goddess of death and consort of Nergal.
Geographical relationships: Mesopotamia, Sumer
Generic synonyms: Semitic Deity
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Literary usage of Ereshkigal
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament by Robert William Rogers (1912)
"2 (lit. food) <• ereshkigal sent Namtar, her messenger. / Namtar went up to the high heaven And entered [. . .] the gods were talking, ..."
2. Aspects of Religious Belief and Practice in Babylonia and Assyria by Morris Jastrow (1911)
"A myth' describes how Nergal invaded the domain of ereshkigal, ... The gods are depicted as holding a feast to which all come except ereshkigal. ..."
3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"ereshkigal is therefore the sister of Ishtar and from one point of view her counterpart, the symbol of nature during the non-productive season of the year ..."
4. The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East: With Historical Surveys by Charles Francis Horne (1917)
"Enter, O lady, for such are the decrees of ereshkigal." The third gate he bade her enter, opened it wide, and removed her necklace: " Why, O gatekeeper, ..."
5. The Civilization of Babylonia and Assyria: Its Remains, Language, History by Morris Jastrow (1915)
"When ereshkigal heard this, she struck her side, bit her finger, ... lot ereshkigal opened her mouth and spoke, To Namtar, her messenger, she addressed ..."
6. Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions: The Haskell Lectures, Delivered at Oberlin by Morris Jastrow (1914)
"ereshkigal, though invited, declined to come, and sent her messenger, Namtar, the demon or god of pestilence, to present her excuses. ..."
7. The History of Religions by Edward Washburn Hopkins (1918)
"ereshkigal is the goddess of the subterranean cavern, from whom come diseases and evil. ... In this gloomy place rules ereshkigal, sometimes associated with ..."
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