Tammuz (SumerianDumuzid "faithful or true son") was the name of a Sumerian god of food and vegetation, also worshiped in the later Mesopotamian states of AkkadAssyria and Babylonia. In Babylonia, the month Tammuz was established in his honor, Tammuz originated as a Sumerian shepherd-god, Dumuzid or Dumuzi, the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel consort of Ishtar. The Levantine Adonis (“lord”), who was drawn into the Greek pantheon, was considered by Joseph Campbell among others to be another counterpart of Tammuz,[1] son and consort.

Beginning with the summer solstice came a time of mourning in the Ancient Near East, as in the Aegean: the Babylonians marked the decline in daylight hours and the onset of killing summer heat and drought with a six-day “funeral” for the god. Recent discoveries reconfirm him as an annual life-death-rebirth deity.

According to the myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld, Inanna (Ishtar in the Akkadian texts) set off for the netherworld, or Kur, which was ruled by her sister Ereshkigal, perhaps to take it as her own. Ereshkigal is in mourning at the death of her consort, Gugalanna (The Wild Bull of Heaven). Inanna passed through seven gates and at each one was required to leave a garment or an ornament so that when she had passed through the seventh gate she was a simple woman, entirely naked. Despite warnings about her presumption, she did not turn back but dared to sit herself down on Ereshkigal’s throne. Immediately the Anunnaki of the underworld judged her, gazed at her with the eyes of death, and she became a corpse, hung up on a meathook.

 Inanna’s faithful servant attempted to get help from the other gods but only wise Enki/Ea responded. The details of Enki/Ea’s plan differ slightly in the two surviving accounts, but in the end, Inanna was resurrected. However, a “conservation of souls” law required her to find a replacement for herself in Kur. She went from one god to another, but each one pleaded with her and she had not the heart to go through with it until she found Tammuz richly dressed and on her throne. Inanna immediately set her accompanying demons on Tammuz. In any case, the Sumerian texts relate how Tammuz fled to his sister Geshtinana who attempted to hide him but who could not in the end stand up to the demons. Finally, Inanna relents and changes her decree thereby restoring her husband Tammuz to life; an arrangement is made by which Geshtinana will take Tammuz’s place in Kur for six months of the year.

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Temmuz ayı ismini bir tanrıdan almıştır. Babil'de Temmuz ayı tanrı Tammuz'un onuruna kurulmuştur. Tammuz'un kökeni Sümer çoban-tanrı, Dumuzid veya Dumuzi'dir. Dumuzi İnanna'nın eşiyken, Akadlar'da İnanna'nın dengi olan İştar'ın eşidir. Antik Suriye inancındaki Adonis, ki daha sonraları Yunan panteonuna da girmiştir, buradan kök almıştır.


and ennugi/enkimdu/enbilulu/the third son of Enlil and Ninlil in Irkalla was said to be the throne-bearer of Enlil on top of other things

how the heck do you bear a throne

weren’t they these heavy stone things

so Enkimdu was strong enough to carry that thing, Inanna rides lions and dragons for fun

what does Dumuzid ever do beside annoying people into letting him touch vaginas and watch sheep mate

he was king of Badtibira and the kingship moved away from that city after his death, and his two sons’ cities, Badtibira again and Umma, had a lot of bad things happen to them during wars

while he was said to have learned to enjoy bloodshed, he was still mostly praised for having a ‘honey-mouth’ and having ‘shining hands’ and make animals give birth

I think there is a word for a man like that but I am not sure which

why am I writing a mermaid Abel and human Cain 

I thought the protagonists were Gilgamesh+Enkidu and Dumuzid+Enkimdu

I blame DeSu, Emily Carroll, selkie legends, sensenaoya and spring showers

oh fuck no why

see, Fallen London was inspired by The Waste Land, or at least the dream qualities were, but you can still see many influences, especially the Lady in Lilac, and The Sandman was also inspired by The Waste Land in some of its chapters

because I read both of them, my current project, specifically the Dumuzid and Enkimdu (also read as: Abel and Cain) part, had one scene that seemed to heavily allude to The Waste Land, to be precise:

“That corpse you planted last year in your garden,“Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?“Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?“Oh keep the Dog far hence, that’s friend to men,“Or with his nails he’ll dig it up again!

it even factored the role of Dumuzid’s black dog

The surprise?

neither Fallen London or The Sandman had referenced or alluded to that part

I have not read The Waste Land until now

is that some creepy human collective subconsciousness thing?