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ERESHKIGAL
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.

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Article last updated on 11 March 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ERESHKIGAL : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ERESHKIGAL
Area or people : Sumer
Location : Mesopotamia
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ALLATU, ERESHKEGAL, ERISHKEGAL, ERISHKIGAL
Popularity index : 742

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