Nisaba Sumarian Goddess Of Writing  

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THE GODDESS, "NISABA", BELONGS TO THE ANCIENT GODS. IN THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, "NISABA "WAS A PERSONAL GODDESS OF THE RULERS OF THE SUMERIAN CITY OF "UMMA". SHE WAS THE SUMARIAN GODDESS OF WRITING, LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE, AND THE HARVEST. IN ORIGIN, SHE WAS A GRAIN GODDESS, AND HER NAME MEANS "LADY OF THE GRAIN". SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF "AN" AND "URASH" AND THE SISTER OF "NINSUN". SHE IS USUALLY DEPICTED WITH DENSE, FLOWING HAIR, WEARING A HORNED CROWN AND BEARING EARS OF CORN AND A CRESCENT MOON; HER SYMBOL WAS THE GOLD STYLUS.

IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA, WRITING WAS HER DOMAIN, AND OVER 5,000 YEARS AGO SHE WAS THE PATRONESS OF THE SCRIBES AND THE ONE WHO KEPT THE RECORDS OF THE GODS. IT WAS SHE WHO INSPIRED THE INVENTION OF "CUNIFORM."

SHE ALSO HAD A KEEN KNOWLEDGE OF THE STARS. "NISABA" IS CREDITED WITH BRINGING LITERACY AND ASTRONOMY OR PERHAPS ASTROLOGY TO MESOPOTAMIA ON A TABLET INSCRIBED WITH THE NAMES OF THE BENEVOLENT STARS. SHE ISSUED ORACLES, INTERPRETED DREAMS AND DREW UP TEMPLE PLANS.

THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSLATION THE BEGINNING OF A HYMN PRESERVED ON A STONE TABLET DATING BACK TO THE PERIOD OF UR:

O LADY COLOURED LIKE THE STARS OF HEAVEN, HOLDING THE LAPIS LAZULI TABLET..., GREAT WILD COW BORN BY URAC, WILD SHEEP NOURISHED ON GOOD MILK AMONG HOLY ALKALINE PLANTS, OPENING THE MOUTH FOR SEVEN...... REEDS! PERFECTLY ENDOWED WITH FIFTY GREAT DIVINE POWERS, MY LADY, MOST POWERFUL "IN E-KUR!"



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