ereshkigal: dissolution

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....although this was not the original intention....

"...Ereshkigal  was...herself once a sky-goddess who became queen of the underworld...The underworld was beneath the earth's surface but above the netherwaters, the great abyss....The queen of the underworld is an altogether terrifying being...A certain Assyrian prince...has left a horrifying vision of death and the hereafter. It is a dark apokalypse in which the angels are all demons....It would be an oversimplification to say that where  the Egyptians give us visions of heaven, the Babylonians give us the vision of hell; yet there is some truth in it."

pp 27 - 28.  Introduction to the English translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh by N.K.Sandars. Published by Penguin. ISBN 0-14-044100-X

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