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Inanna on the Run

Publishing Date : 05 February, 2018

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   
Jehovah issues warrant of arrest for his seditious granddaughter


When word got to Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah, about the “disobedience and sacrilege” that had been committed by Inanna, he was incandescent with rage. He sent word back to the Anunnaki pantheon on Earth that he was cutting short his Mars tour of duty  and would be returning to Earth very soon.


Examining the satellite pictures the Igigi (Anunnaki who stayed in  orbit)  had provided him, he was horrified by the almost utter destruction of Nippur, his cult city in Sumer, and the defilement of the Ekur, his Temple-Abode. He gave the Anunnaki council the specific time he’d be touching down on the planet so that he would find them already assembled at Nippur.  


Altogether, eight gods were in attendance at the crisis meeting at Nippur. Obviously absent were Marduk, who was still hovering around   the South Pole; Nergal, who had aided and abetted Inanna in her orgy of carnage and destruction; Ningishzidda, who was busy lording it over in South America; and Inanna herself, who feared the inevitable retribution.


All the gods in attendance, including Nannar-Sin, Inanna’s own father, were unanimous that Inanna deserved some form of punishment both for treason and for her battery of atrocities. Even the long-suffering Enki said she had gone too far. Standing up, Enki read out the warnings Marduk had sounded about an Inanna left to her own devices and blamed Enlil for having been too tolerant of her transgressions since days immemorial.  


The proposed retributive options were weighed one by one and finally all the eight gods, including Enlil,  decided that Agade, Inanna’s new base, should be wiped off the face of the Earth, whilst all other cities and principal farmlands should be spared. Before acting, Enlil issued a warrant of arrest for Inanna so she should stand trial. But the moment Inanna received the news of the hot soup into which she had landed herself, she immediately departed Agade and returned to Uruk, her longstanding cult city. 


Says a famous text known as The Curse of Agade: “The Word of Ekur (Enlil’s decree)  was upon Agade like a deathly silence. Agade was all atremble. It's Ulmash Temple (Inanna’s magnificent  residence)  was in terror: she who lived there left the city. The maiden forsook her chamber: Holy Inanna forsook her shrine in Agade.”  


Wroth that Inanna had slipped through their fingers, Enlil’s sheriffs took out their frustration on the Ulmash, which they razed to the ground. They managed to catch up with Inanna, however,  at the Eanna in Uruk, which she had just set about renovating after virtually tearing it down the last time around.  It was not that they took her unawares: it was simply a stand of defiance.  When the sheriffs arrived, they roughed her up, treating her like a nobody, a gesture of which she felt affronted. “Their unwashed hands they put on me,” she lamented in one of her later reminisces.


The sheriffs, however, made a terrible mistake. To accord her some dignity being a prominent goddess, they let her pilot herself in a flying saucer whilst they escorted her in a fighter plane to a detention centre in Nippur.  “Me, from my temple, they caused to fly.  A Queen am I whom, from my city, like a bird they caused to fly.”


Now, Inanna was the Anunnaki’s  best aeronaut after  Utu-Shamash. If Utu  was the Lewis Hamilton of airspace, Inanna was the Sebastian Vettel. Only seconds  after she took off, her flying saucer practically disappeared into thin air. It was like magic but it was simply her extraordinary aviational skills on parade.  

NINURTA TRUSTED TO LEAD CHARGE AGAINST INANNA

With Inanna on the run and given that Sumer was Enlilite territory, Enlil decided to appoint a god with strong warrior credentials to rule it overall and bring about sustained order and stability.  This was Ninurta, the famed God of War. Now, Ninurta was at one time given overall charge of Sumer but he did not enthusiastically embrace that responsibility as he was irate that his younger brother Nannar-Sin had been given authority over  the Sinai Peninsula, which harbouring the all-important spaceport was the Anunnaki’s most strategically significant place on the planet.


That made Sin more powerful than him in the greater scheme of things.  As such, Ninurta opted to spend a great deal more time out of Sumer than inside it. In fact, the reason Sumer was in such turmoil was because Ninurta had deliberately taken a back seat and was a virtual spectator.   


Now Enlil desperately wanted him back and Ninurta consented to the offer. He so assented because he wanted to demonstrate, just as he did during the Third Pyramid War, that he was the mightiest and most indispensable Enlilite. “In days not five, in days not ten, the crown band of Lordship, the tiara of Kingship, the throne given to the rulership, to Ninurta’s temple brought over,” says The Curse of Agade.


But who would be Ninurta’s foot soldiers, his “instrument of divine wrath?”  The most proficient warriors of the day were of course Nergal’s Gutians, who lived in Kutha, also known as Gutium,   across the Zagros Mountains northeast of Sumer.  The Gutians were by Enlil’s executive fiat ordered to fight under Ninurta but as paid mercenaries in the charge for Agade, which had been designated for total destruction. Since there was a reward to be gained, the Gutians said they were game, that they were raring to go. In any case, they could not defy Enlil, who was the God of Earth at least for as long as the sun rose in the constellation of Taurus.   


Before the siege got underway, the Anunnaki high command moved to salvage what they could from Agade both literally and figuratively. Utu-Shamash “carried off its Eloquence”, it’s  broadcasting infrastructure,  and Enki, who was the God of Knowledge,  “withdrew its wisdom,” that is, he closed down his secret society educational outreach known as the Brotherhood of the Snake and ordered the Easu’s  (his teachers) to evacuate from the city.    


Note that the assault on Agade was not instantaneous. Enki had insisted that Agade’s citizens who still were loyal to Inanna and Naram-Sin be given notice of at least seven years   to reconsider, wind up their affairs, and relocate to other cities. You will be aware that the Anunnaki did not see the passage of time in the way humans did: to them, seven years in fact amounted to about a week.


This grace period also extended to Inanna herself: if she were to come to her senses, humble herself, surrender herself to Enlil’s tribunal, be tried, and accordingly sentenced, the curse over Agade would be lifted, the city would be spared, and tens of thousands of lives would be preserved from mortal harm.

JEHOVAH PARRIES NARAM-SIN PEACE FEELER

Meanwhile, Naram-Sin, who had been left to his own devices by the vanished Inanna, was worried sick despite putting a brave face on his fate. "The kingship of Agade is prostrated, its future extremely unhappy,” he mused before his loyalists. He was in dire straits and was at a loss as to what he should do. At long last, he managed to get in touch with Inanna through an oracular priest. Ninurta had said this to him on behalf of Enlil: “O Naram-Sin, this is our word: this army ranged against you, the Gutians, is invincible ...  Bind your weapons, in a corner place them! And you will be safe.” So the question Naram-Sin posed to Inanna through the oracle was this: should he simply give up and surrender as per Ninurta’s urging?


The answer came through a vision as he lay in a trance at the shrine of the oracle. “Then Naram-Sin had a vision, a communication from his goddess Inanna. He kept it to himself, put it not in speech, spoke with nobody about it.” The communication from Inanna was later confirmed by an instruction from her using a trusted intermediary. Inanna encouraged Naram-Sin to soldier on, to fight to the death so as to preserve both his and her honour. In the end, Inanna told her, the forces of light – she and he – would triumph against the forces of darkness – Ninurta and the rest of the Anunnaki with the exception of Nergal.  


Thus emboldened, Naram-Sin informed Ninurta that he was going to fight: there would be no retreat, no surrender. Shortly after serving this notice, Naram-Sin decided to mount a pre-emptive offense against the Gutians before they came anywhere near Agade. In the first year, he dispatched 180,000 troops in the direction of Gutium. In the second year, he staked a further 120,000. In the third year, he sent out 60,000. That is a total of 360,000 in three years. None of his soldier returned. Of course some of them in all probability defected to the enemy ranks but those who held their ground were destroyed by what Naram-Sin described as a “Floodwind Weapon”, which was a chemical weapon of some sort.


Now, 360,000 was a significant figure in Sumerian numerology. 3600 years was how long it took for Nibiru to make one complete revolution around the Sun and 360 degrees was the size of a circle. To Naram-Sin, the message was loud and clear: he just could not beat Ninurta. Accordingly, in the fourth year, he approached Enki with cap in hand and besought him to prevail over Enlil to call a halt to the impending march on Agade. Enki did likewise but Enlil said he could not do that without Inanna showing contrition for her treasonous act. For as long as she remained defiant, Agade was destined for destruction come rain or shine.


Indeed, not long after Enki’s meeting with Enlil, Ninurta sent word to Naram-Sin that it was in his interest to voluntarily disarm as he was simply kicking against the goads.  “In days to come,” Ninurta warned, “Enlil will summon perdition upon the Sons of Evil (Naram Sin and his army) and Akkad would have respite.” In other words, Enlil had already decided the fate of Agade. Naram-Sin was distraught. He made no more Kamikaze forays in the direction of the  Gutians; instead,  he patiently waited for them to invade, whereupon he would take on them with every fibre of his being. The guy really was made of sterner stuff.

GUTIANS DESTROY AGADE

Two more years passed and Enlil still had not issued the command to storm Agade. In the intervening period, Ninurta had been fortifying his cult city, Lagash, and militarily honing the skills of his lieutenants. Even when Inanna was at the height of her power, the one city she could not touch throughout all Sumer and Akkad was Lagash. Ninurta had seen to it that all the governors of the various districts of Lagash were militarily proficient.  He wasn’t called Enlil’s “Foremost Warrior” for nothing.


One of Ninurta’s generals, known as Eannatum, who was overall governor of Lagash, was said to be a soldier of epic proportions and was even highlighted on stelas and various other Sumerian inscriptions. His military prowess was such that both Sargon and Naram-Sin fell flat in their efforts to mount a siege of Lagash.  Eannatum’s “infantry of spearmen, protected by shield bearers, gave the army of Lagash a defence most solid and an attack most rapid and versatile,” comments a Sumerian scholar.  Because of Eannatum’s glittering military credentials, along with his great looks, the raunchy Inanna was sexually drawn to him: she made him governor of Kish in addition to his governorship of Lagash.  


Finally, in the seventh year after the curse on Agade was pronounced, Enlil gave the order for Ninurta and the Gutians to pounce on the ill-fated city-state. Enlil’s instructions to Ninurta were to “kill off Inanna’s Earthlings”. Agade was to be laid to waist, to be obliterated into untraceable oblivion.


Ninurta wasted no time in issuing the “surge” command to the dreaded Gutians, who swept down from the Zagros Mountains in their hordes. The great African warriors were in seven battalions, each led by a warrior chieftain. They descended on Akkad “in vast numbers, like locusts.”


On hearing that the Gutians were on their way, Naram-Sin developed cold feet and without formally notifying his generals simply went into hiding. Then  each of his generals, who like their Gutian counterparts were seven in number, declared himself King, and the result was confusion as to who exactly held the reins as captured in the Sumerian King List in this statement: “Who was king? Who was not king? Was Irgigi king? Was Nanum king? Was Imi king? Was Elulu king?"


In the face of such uncertainty, the Agade warriors were not sure as to whose command to heed. Inevitably, the Gutians had a field day. “Nothing escaped their arm. He who slept on the roof died on the roof. He who slept inside the house was not brought to burial ... Heads were crushed, mouths were crushed ... The blood of the treacherous flowed over the blood of the faithful." Clearly, it was not only conventional weapons that were responsible for this carnage. Agade’s destruction was total: it was never rebuilt or resettled but remained desolate forever. Indeed to date, its exact location has never been found. When Enlil said Agade should be wiped off the face of the Earth, he wasn’t joking at all.


The Gutians not only destroyed Agade but looted it before razing it to the ground. Having made a statement of their fearsome reputation, their seizure of the whole of Sumer and Akkad was a walk in the park. As for the fate of Naram-Sin, his earthly chapter closed when Enlil’s agents planted a scorpion that bit him circa 2260 BC.  With the destruction of Agade and the death of Naram-Sin, the era of Inanna-Ishtar was over but not quite...

FUGITIVE ISHTAR JOINS FORCES WITH REPTILIANS

Where did Inanna vanish to after outsmarting Enlil’s airborne sheriffs?  She returned to her legally allotted domain, the Indus Valley, also known as the Third Region.  There, her reputation was intact: she was still revered and even worshipped as Mahabharata, meaning “Goddess of Love”.  She was also known as Indra. Both Mahabharata and Indra were once the ancient names of India. Inanna’s most devout followers in the Indus Valley were the Bharatas, a Vhedic Aryan group. Excavations done in India at the ancient sites of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro indeed reveal that the peoples of these regions of the Indus Valley worshipped a nude, bare-breasted goddess.


The fact that Inanna flaunted her sexuality without the merest inhibition was one factor that served to endear her to her subjects there, and the reason why they too showed little or no sexual restraint. But beyond and above that, it was the quality of life they enjoyed that made them receive her as a super-star goddess. Says one source on this subject: “A civilisation in the Indus Valley rivalled those known in Egypt and Mesopotamia.


These cities (Harappa and Mohenjo Daro) demonstrated an exceptional level of civic planning and amenities. The houses were furnished with brick-built bathrooms and many had toilets. Waste water from these was led into well-built brick sewers that ran along the centre of the streets, covered with bricks or stone slabs. Cisterns and wells finely constructed of wedge-shaped bricks held public supplies of drinking water. Mohenjo Daro also boasted a Great Bath on the high mound (citadel) overlooking the residential area of the city. Built of layers of carefully fitted bricks, gypsum mortar and waterproof bitumen, this basin is generally thought to have been used for ritual purification.”


Of course like every caste system, the Indus Valley did have its share of squalid makeshift dwellings, a careless intermingling of residential and industrial activity, but the superior caste enjoyed a splendid standard of living and that was what mattered the most. When Inanna arrived at Mohenjo Daro, her headquarters, she wasted no time in seeking a new race of allies knowing that she was all alone now and the Anunnaki pantheon were almost wholly ranged against her. Her new allies were a sophisticated race of Reptilians that had been living in a subterranean world in the bowels of the Earth.


In earlier times, Reptilians had gone to war many a time with alien  humanoids like the Anunnaki and following the use by  the humanoids of a particle beam weapon that resulted in a 200-year-old severe winter had found a new haven under the surface of the Earth. It were these Reptilians, who were indigenous to Earth and were in fact the first civilisation to inhabit this planet, who Inanna courted. Inanna wanted them to aid her in militarily defeating her own race, the Anunnaki. She would then be the Empress of Earth and accord Reptilians special privilege, such as emerging from their underground world to found their own colonies on the surface.  


The Earth-based Reptilians were no pushovers:  they had with the assistance of their powerful cousins from the Draco star system colonised seven celestial bodies in the Solar System, namely the Moon, Mars, Venus and 4 moons of Jupiter and Saturn. At the time Inanna made overtures to them, however, they had long lost Mars and the Moon. With the Reptilians having acceded to Inanna’s pitch, a globalwide showdown was looming between two of the most powerful forces on Earth. Would the Iron Lady bounce back as Earth’s sovereign?
 
NEXT  WEEK: HELL UP IN THE THIRD REGION

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