Fighting the Mountain: Some Observations on the Sumerian Myths of Inanna and Ninurta*

  title={Fighting the Mountain: Some Observations on the Sumerian Myths of Inanna and Ninurta*},
  author={Fumi Karahashi},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={111 - 118}
Two Sumerian mythological compositions share the motif of a god fighting a mountain. One, Inanna and Ebih, tells how Inanna fights and conquers Mount Ebih; the other, Lugal-e, tells how Ninurta, Inanna’s male counterpart, campaigns against Asag, which may symbolize a stone or a mountain. In this paper, I will compare and contrast the accounts of Inanna’s and Ninurta’s mountain-fighting. Naturally our main texts are Inanna and Ebih and Lugal-e, but other texts will also be brought in when… Expand
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