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Rutter, V. (2002). MEADOR, BETTY DE SHONG. Inanna Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2000. Pp. xviii + 225. Pbk. $ 22. 95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 47(2):313-314.

(2002). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47(2):313-314

MEADOR, BETTY DE SHONG. Inanna Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2000. Pp. xviii + 225. Pbk. $ 22. 95.

Review by:
Virginia Rutter

This book is a wonderful gift to the analytic community. Betty De Shong Meador has performed a labour of love and intelligence deciphering the powerful poems of the Sumerian poet Enheduanna. Over two decades ago, Meador had a dream in which a mysterious stick symbol appeared. Intuitively following the symbol to its source, the author discovered that the looped post was a symbol of Inanna in Sumerian iconography. As Meador researched and began to write, slowly and painstakingly this manuscript emerged, deeply affecting the author and others around her. In Part I of this original work, Meador has thoroughly collated the previous scholarship on the cultural and historical context of ancient Mesopotamia and presented it in a direct, heartfelt style. Here we learn about the setting for Enheduanna's position as high priestess to the Moon God Nanna at Ur around 2300 BCE.

We also meet her goddess, Inanna, ‘who exists between blessing and curse, light and dark, plenty and want, goodness and malevolence, life and death’ (p. 7). Meador continues, ‘Harsh as her reality may seem it is the Real every living being must encounter.

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