This is raw and beautiful from my friend Cyn. I await Part 2!
It is a popular myth – the Descent of Innana. It has been interpreted again and again. I’ve read the story, I’ve read the interpretations, I’ve even read some rather artful re-writes (like Vellum and Ink) of this tale. They all intrigued and troubled me, like something quivering in my memory and consciousness and not ready to be born yet. Innana, a goddess of love and sex and beauty, descends into the Underworld ruled by her sister. She goes through seven gates (note the seven roses to the left), sacrificing more of her power and self until she is hung (up to dry?) like a corpse. She is rescued by loyal retainers, in the end — those she entrusted sufficiently. She sacrifices her husband Damuzi to be freed from the land of the dead.
This myth and that picture have possessed me equally for the last five years…
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