Inanna, queen of heaven and earth: her stories and hymns from Sumer

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Harper & Row, 1983 - Poetry - 227 pages
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Translation and retelling of the Inanna stories from the Sumerian.

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User Review  - MarysGirl - LibraryThing

Just about half this book is dedicated to the stories and hymns of Inanna, the second half has commentaries by the sumerologist who collected the original materials and the folklorist who "translated ... Read full review

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User Review  - thewalkinggirl - LibraryThing

Profound, funny and horrifying in turn - and sometimes simultaneously. What more can one want from a myth cycle? (I will admit that I kind of want to tag this "wondrous vulva" though; that's a phrase I'll never forget!) Read full review


From the Great Above to the Great Below
The Dream of Dumuzi
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Diane Wolkstein has been teaching, performing, and writing for over thirty-five years. She is the author of numerous award-winning books of folklore, including "The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales" and "Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer." Known for her meticulous research as well as her great range as a performer, Ms. Wolkstein traveled to Australia three times while preparing this story. She gives workshops on storytelling worldwide and lives in New York City. In Her Own Words...

"I love stories. They give me strength, Inspiration, courage, and great delight. For thirty years I've told stories at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. I love watching the eyes of my audience light up as they enter stories. Stories let us explore the farthest places in the universe and the deepest recesses of the human heart. They present possibilities. They let us try out different emotions and characters. Stories are treasures which last forever.

"I also enjoy gardening, dancing, swimming, painting, and creating stories with music. My daughter, Rachel Zucker, is a poet, photographer, and the mother of a little boy named Moses.

Samuel Noah Kramer was Clark Research Professor Emeritus of Assyriology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also Curator Emeritus of the Tablet Collections.

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