Inanna is the ancient Sumerian mother goddess.  She combines earth and sky for she is both the protector of grain and the queen of heaven.  Powerful, self-sufficient, passionate, and many-sided, she is a fertility goddess as well as the source of earth's wells, springs, and rivers.  This image portrays her during her descent to the underworld: at each of the seven gates she leaves one of her garments behind until, naked, she meets her sister Erishkigal, the queen of the underworld.  Erishkigal kills Inanna and hangs her body one a hook.  Inanna is resurrected and returns to life.  Inanna is a representation of the many facets that go into being feminine.  She is a guide into the dark places of psychological and spiritual death and disintegration.

together in light and darkness


description & paintings  by Susan Seddon Boulet