3.25.2010

Underworld Deities- Ereshkigal in Irkalla


Ereshkigal rules over the Sumerian underworld Irkalla with her husband Nergal.  She is the sister of Inanna/Ishtar and once killed her during a visit with a death glance.  To enter Irkalla, a soul must go through seven gates, removing an article of clothing at each one.  The Mesopotamian underworld is a dark shadow of the world above above and visitors are offered dirt to eat, which is the food of the dead, so anyone living who eats it usually suffers an ill fate.

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