From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.

Another from Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Another introit, this one from the section entitled From the Great Above to the Great Below: Who doesn’t love a katabasis?

From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above Inanna opened her ear to the Great Below.

My Lady abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
Inanna abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
She abandoned her office of holy priestess to descend to the underworld.

In Uruk she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld
In Badtibira she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld
In Zabalam she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld
In Adab she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld
In Kish she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld
In Akkad she abandoned her temple to descend to the underworld

She gathered together the seven me
She took them into her hands.
With the me in her possession, she prepared herself:

She placed the shugurra, the crown of the steppe, on her head.
She arranged the dark locks of hair across her forehead.
She tied the small lapis beads around her neck,
Let the double strand of beads fall to her breast,
And wrapped the royal robe around her body.
She daubed her eyes with ointment called “Let him come, Let him come,”
Bound the breastplate called “Come, man, come!” around her chest,
Slipped the gold ring over her wrist,
And took the lapis measuring rod and line in her hand.

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