Category: The Faithful Son

My novel based on the poems about Inanna and Dumuzi, and on Gilgamesh.

Why Do I Write?

This is a question I ask my students to pose themselves when they take my creative writing class.  I want them to be clear about why they do what they want to do right at the start of the semester because so many people have this idea that creative writing is so much fun and…

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The Faithful Son Chapter 1

The Man in the Lion’s Skin (from The Faithful Son, a novel by Laura Valeri) Copyright Notice: Please respect my ownership of this work.  You’re welcome to reblog and/or forward the link, but please always give credit and link to this blog. Thanks. The man woke up on the banks of a river, freezing water…

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Mesopotamia’s Hillary Clinton: Bold and Cunning Ninsun, Gilgamesh’s Strong-Willed Mother, Argued with Her God, Manipulated Enkidu, Protected Her Son in His Going to War, and Got What She Wanted

Originally posted on Prometheus Unbound:
How did ancient Mesopotamian women deal with their boys going off to war? Part 2 of the Gilgamesh Epic may give us some clues. Here we are introduced to Ninsun, Gilgamesh’s strong-willed mother. Ninsun systematically, and with a great deal of forethought and determination, did everything within her power to protect…

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On Gilgamesh and Dumuzi

Note: this post has been significantly revised on September 16, 2013. A little while back I wrote a long and sometimes rambling post about the importance of the old Sumerian god Dumuzi (see The Trouble With Dumuzi) in the psyche of humanity, showing how he was the prototype for the dying and resurrected god as…

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The Problem With Dumuzi

Back in 2003 a friend introduced me to a book that was soon to inspire the DaVinci Code and set on fire every pre-conceived notion I had about my birth religion and the religion of my ancestors, Christianity.  That book was Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and in it, the authors speculated whether Jesus of Nazareth…

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