Tag: Ishtar

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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Semiramis: Tree of Life

The research I’m undertaking for my novel has moved me to look into very ancient Middle Eastern myths.  Anyone who has read or even heard of Joseph Campbell by now knows that myths repeat with infinite but subtle variations across time and space.  Nonetheless it’s still startling to me to find some very obvious, very…

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