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ERESHKIGAL

Mesopotamian Underworld Goddess

Also known as ALLATU, ERESHKEGAL, ERISHKEGAL, ERISHKIGAL

Underworld Goddess of Death, Darkness and Dust

The consort of NERGAL, and ISHTAR’s sister, she is a brooding moody figure who is prone to fits of fury and spasms of tearful temper. Particularly when she doesn’t get her own way. If you see her lips turn black, you know things can only get worse.

ERESHKIGAL is known as ‘Lady of the Great Place’. Which in this instance means Deadville. ‘Queen of the Great Below’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

In fact the locals referred to her domain as ‘The Land of Gloom’ — and were not impressed by a menu offering a choice between mud and dust. Dead boring really.

ERESHKIGAL’s Underworld realm is guarded by Seven Judges and Gatekeepers, who seem very zealous about keeping people out. Which, we feel, is hardly necessary.

ERESHKIGAL FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ERESHKIGAL
Area or people : Sumer
Location : Mesopotamia
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : the Underworld
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ALLATU, ERESHKEGAL, ERISHKEGAL, ERISHKIGAL
Popularity index : 10800

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Article last updated on 15 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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