The Legend Of The Descent Of The Goddess  

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Now our Lady the Goddess had never loved, but She would solve all the Mysteries, even the Mystery of Death; and so She journeyed to the Underworld.

The Guardians of the Portals challenged her: "Strip off thy garments, lay aside thy jewels; for naught mayest thou bring with the into this our land."

So She laid down her garments and her jewels, and was bound, as are all who enter the Realms of Death, the Mighty One. Such was her beauty, that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying: "Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me; but let me place my cold hand on thy heart."

She replied: "I love thee not. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?"

"Lady," replied Death, "tis age and fate, against which I am helpless. Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace, and strength so that they may return. But thou! Thou art lovely. Return not; abide with me!"

But She answered: "I love thee not."

Then said Death: "An thou receivest not my hand on thy heart, thou must receive Death's scourge."

"It is fate - better so," She said. And She knelt, and Death scourged her tenderly. And She cried, "I feel the pangs of love."

And Death said, "Blessed Be!" and gave her the Fivefold Kiss, saying: "Thus only mayest thou attain to joy and knowledge." And he taught her all the Magicks.

For there are three great events in the life of man: Love, Death, and Resurrection in the new body; and Magick controls them all. For to fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one, and you must remember and love them again. But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new body; and to die you must be born; and without love you may not be born; and this is all the Magicks.

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Goddess Inanna  

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INANNA is the Sumerian Goddess of love, war, and fertility. She is the daughter of the moon God Nanna and Ningal, Goddess of dreams. Interestingly, as a love and fertility Goddess, Inanna is never identified as a mother; she is the original sex Goddess, focussed on pleasure rather than procreation. As such, she is also the patron Goddess of prostitutes.

Inanna was also a kingmaker--the man she chose to be her husband would be king. She was courted by two men, the shepherd Dumuzi and the farmer Enkidu. These two men were representative of the two predominant ways of life in Sumeria--nomadic animal herders and settled farmers. Inanna at first goes with the conventional choice, the farmer, until Dumuzi comes to her and tells her of his qualities. She then accepts him, and Dumuzi becomes king to Inanna's queen.

Unfortunately for Dumuzi, Inanna has a somewhat fickle nature. In one myth, Inanna descends to the underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal, Goddess of the underworld, after the death of her husband. Ereshkigal fears that Inanna is coming to take over the underworld, and she puts her through tests as she approaches. At each of the seven gates of the underworld, Inanna has to take off a piece of clothing, until she finally arrives, naked, at the throne of Ereshkigal. Even in this humble state, Ereshkigal suspects her sister of treachery, and strikes her dead. Inanna's body is then hung from a hook behind Ereshkigal's throne.

Inanna had the foresight to instruct her servant to seek help if she had not returned in three days. The servant enlisted the help of the God Enki, who sends two creatures to the underworld with the water and food of life to restore Inanna. However, no one is allowed to leave the underworld without someone taking their place. Inanna's servant told her that Dumuzi had not mourned for her when she was missing, as her servants had, and Inanna chose him to take her place. Dumuzi's sister, Geshtinanna, was devastated by the loss of her brother, and her grief touched Inanna's heart. She agreed to allow Geshtinanna to share Dumuzi's place in the underworld, with each of them staying there for six months at a time.

Inanna's name means "Queen of Heaven", and is also seen as INANA, INNIN, INNINI, INNINNA, NINANNA (queen of the sky), NIN-ME-SAR-RA (lady of myriad offices), NINSIANNA (personification of the planet Venus), NIN-EDIN (lady of Edin), USUNZIANNA (exalted cow of heaven), and NU-UGIGANNA (hierodule of heaven). Epithets for her include DESTROYER OF FOREIGN LANDS, FOREMOST IN BATTLE, HEROIC CHAMPION, HOLY PRIESTESS OF HEAVEN, HONORED COUNSELLOR, LADY OF URUK AND NINEVEH, LOVER AND BELOVED UNITED AS ONE, MISTRESS OF HEAVEN, MORNING AND EVENING STAR, ORNAMENT OF HEAVEN, PROTECTRESS OF HARLOTS, QUEEN MOON, QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, and SUPREME AMONG THE HEAVENLY GODS.

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Goddess Tsui Sheng Niang Niang  

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TS'UI SHENG NIANG NIANG (pronounced CHOY SHUNG nee-YUNG nee-YUNG) is the Chinese Goddess of midwifery. She is one of the attendants of Bixia Yuanjin, Goddess of childbirth, and she is called upon for a swift and easy delivery. Ts'ui Sheng Niang Niang also makes sure that babies are delivered to the correct families. She is usually depicted holding a baby and a stick of cinnamon, which is a symbol of growth and success. Her name, which means "the mother who hastens childbirth," is also seen as TSAI SHENG NIANG NIANG, TS'UAI SHEN NIANG NIANG, TSUA SEN NIANG NIANG, TS'UI SHENG SHENG-MU, JU SHENG NIANG NIANG, JUISHEN NIANG NIANG, ZU SHENG NIANG NIANG, SUNG SHENG NIANG NIANG, CHUSHENG NIANG NIANG, CUISHENG SHENG-MU, CHUI-SHEN NIANG NIANG, and CUI SHENG.

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