The Abridged Instructions of Šuruppag

The following is a simplified version of the Instructions of Šuruppag, condensing entries with similar topics and rewording things to be as simple and straightforward as possible as well as discarding those things which are not relevant for Sumerian reconstructionists. This is a proposed foundation for a moral code for Sumerian reconstructionists.

  • Listen to the advise of those who are wiser than you.
  • Do not cause trouble for your neighbor.
  • Do not put your nose in other people’s business.
  • Do not steal anything.
  • Do not engage in sexual misconduct.
  • Do not speak improperly.
  • Do not take unnecessary risks.
  • Do not overextend yourself.
  • Do not drive away your debtors.
  • Do not be arrogant and avoid those who are arrogant.
  • Do not use violence.
  • Do not rape.
  • Do not make enemies unnecessarily.
  • Do not tell lies.
  • Always stay on the side of Utu.
  • Do not allow intoxication to cause you to behave improperly.
  • Do not trust someone by only their words.
  • Children should always come before expanding one’s property.
  • Speak with kindness and you will cultivate sweet things. Bring litigation and you will make enemies.
  • To sacrifice everything for a carefree lifestyle will leave you utterly lacking.
  • Do not give gifts expecting admiration.
  • Do not waste your time worrying excessively.
  • Concern yourself first with matters of heaven for they are greater than the things of earth.
  • Do not allow yourself to become seized by greed.
  • Do not speak insults.
  • Pray regularly.
  • Be kind to laborers; they are the reason you have nice things.
  • Despite your best efforts, fate can still get you.
  • Do not be negligent, care for your family.
  • Food motivates people.
  • Love builds a family, hatred destroys families.
  • Always remain humble.
  • Do not value things over lives and do not allow things to rule you.

Sources Cited

Black, J.A., Cunningham, G., Ebeling, J., Flückiger-Hawker, E., Robson, E., Taylor, J., and Zólyomi, G., The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/), Oxford 1998–2006.

A praise poem to Nanshe

The people’s voices cry out in pain
for all the souls of those who have been slain.
They cry out for justice.
Nanshe heard their prayer
she listens to their voice
and puts a burning anger in their heart.
The anger speaks of truth.
There can be no peace when there is no order.
There can be no order when there is no justice.
There can be no justice when the law is unjust.

By the lady’s word the tide turns
the villains hearts fill with fear.
The injustice is replaced with a mighty uproar.
The people take to the streets
The people become mighty warriors
with hearts like Enlil.
The word is spoken and they are heard.

Behold the mighty word of Nanshe,
Great lady of social justice,
Goddess from the ancient lands.
Behold the tidings of change as we see the foundations crumble.
Behold as the hearts of fear
become the hearts of great warriors,
and the hearts of the oppressor
become the hearts of fear.

Your time is now.
The lady has spoken.
She has heard your prayers,
and the obstacles will fall away one by one
in your path.

The drums clang
voices shout
it is the sound of victory on the horizon.
The end of an era looms
as the shadow of a new one is cast.

Great lady Nanshe,
May your voice be heard
May your justice be swift
May the oppressed be freed from their bondage
May evil return to those
who have done evil
May good come to those
who hear your voice in their hearts
Lady Nanshe, it is sweet to praise you.

Trans Lives

Content warning: transphobia, murder, suicide, depression

Originally posted as a comment.

When people talk about trying to pass laws against trans people, I doubt many realize that it is like painting a target our foreheads and saying shoot here. Transphobes murder untold hundreds of trans people each year worldwide and in many states they have what’s called the trans panic defense where they can hide behind being surprised at them being trans and get off scott free. There’s a reason the yearly trans day isn’t trans pride, it’s trans day of rememberence where we morn all of the trans people that died in the last year. Last year it was 26 people in the United States alone, possibly more that went unreported.

Being born trans in an intolerant society is a death sentence. The suicide rate for trans people who have difficulty getting access to transition care and who don’t have strong support networks is around 49%. An even higher number struggle with crippling depression. This isn’t the case when they’re supported and given access to proper healthcare.

When you enable transphobia, this is what you’re enabling. This is what you’re saying you support: needless death.

To you, who’s never had to deal with this kind of pain it seems like a small thing, easy to ignore but try living in a society where you’re hated, where every month there’s a new story on the news about how people are trying to hurt you, take away your rights, deny your healthcare, or otherwise make your life miserable. And see stories of more people like you who were murdered just for existing. Where its dangerous to even try to find escape in comedy because there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get mocked and made the butt of a joke at your expense mocking your pain and mocking the horrible way you’re treated.

Try living life that way every single day and see how you feel.

And there’s not another option either; it’s live like that and at least find some kind of relief from the healthcare options available or die from being unable to deal with the pain anymore.

And yes, gender dysphoria can be physically painful. Though it really shouldn’t have to be for people to find compassion.

What happened to humanity?

When did compassion die?

When did this become ok?

Trans lives used to be held sacred in the temples, decreed by the goddess Inanna herself.

trans-woman trans-man
ordained sacred attendants
of ecstasy and trance

~high priestess Enheduana, circa 23rd century BC

How did we go so wrong?

There has already been 2 trans people murdered this year in America. Let that sink in. This is happening right now in your own back yard as you probably didn’t even hear anything about it until now. (hrc.org)

So next time you see someone try to justify making the lives of trans people even the tiniest bit harder I want you to ask yourself this: How many lives is an acceptable price to pay for the comfort of cis people?

If you hold all human life to be sacred as I do, then I only hope your answer is NONE

Sources cited:

https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020?fbclid=IwAR2VmGIjeQ_7Nl06gOAQZIm7F1jPs17iVxsIq4Xt82_T17X4dKF9YOOJlss

The Alter

Alter to Inanna featuring stone chalice filled with wine offering, two spell candles, two votive figures worshiping, a statue of Inanna with a lion on a leash, a bottle of holy water, a tower of precious Lapis Lazuli, a cow-shaped candle as a burnt cow offering, and an alter tile featuring the star of Inanna with a cracker offering on it.

Selected advice from an Akkadian father to his son

“Do not set out to stand around in the assembly. Do not loiter where there is a dispute, for in the dispute they will have you as an observer. Then you will be made a witness for them, and they will involve you in a lawsuit to affirm something that does not concern you. In case of a dispute, get away from it, disregard it! If a dispute involving you should flare up, calm it down. A dispute is a covered pit, a wall which can cover over its foes; it brings to mind what one has forgotten and makes an accusation against a man. Do not return evil to your adversary; requite with kindness the one who does evil to you, maintain justice for your enemy, be friendly to your enemy.

Give food to eat, beer to drink, grant what is requested, provide for and treat with honor. At this, one’s god takes pleasure. It is pleasing to Shamash, who will repay him with favor. Do good things, be kind all your days.”

“Do not speak ill, speak only good. Do not say evil things, speak well of people. He who speaks ill and says evil—people will waylay him because of his debt to Shamash. Do not talk too freely, watch what you say. Do not express your innermost thoughts even when you are alone. What you say in haste you may regret later. Exert yourself to restrain your speech.

Worship your god every day. Sacrifice and pious utterance are the proper accompaniment of incense. Have a freewill offering for your god, for this is proper toward a god. Prayer, supplication, and prostration offer him daily, then your prayer will be granted, and you will be in harmony with god.”

Source: http://sapardanis.org/2016/04/24/the-advice-of-an-akkadian-father-to-his-son-2200-bc/

Hiya’s from the back!

Hiya I’m new to posting here.

So I thought id make the first one an introduction. My name’s Zoey and been a follower of Inanna roughly a year now. I originally learned of Inanna through Vanessa who handles this site. Of course at first I didn’t think much of it as at the time I was an atheist however shortly after I had a moment where I made a connection with Inanna. After that I had a constant pull towards her and the rest is history you could say.

You can expect me to post periodically though I’m still learning the history and everything. However as Vanessa has informed me after listening to various dreams and ideas I’ve had throughout my life…I’ve apparently been channeling Gnosis through them.

So y’all can expect some random posts from me giving some interesting perspectives on certain subjects as I explore my new found faith.

Zoey

Decolonization of Trans Identity

I choose to decolonize my identity. I’m one of Inanna’s gala (𒍑𒆪). I do not wish to call myself trans any longer. Trans implies transition. It implies changing from one thing to another. I’ve always been gala. Being lied to and denied my true identity doesn’t make that deception true. As such, there’s nothing to transition from. It’s been a process of making this me into the real me. Not transition; correction. Reconstruction into something beautiful, something that was always there just buried under lies and false ideas of what constitutes reality. Stop trying to tell me I’m male-to-female. I was always female. I’ve never been male. That was only lies and deception they put on me. That was never me, that was them. To tell me I was ever male is to lie to my face.
~Vanessa