Goddess Nanshe  

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THE WATER GODDESS "NANSHE" OF THE CITY OF "LAGASH" IN "SUMER" WAS DESCRIBED AS THE JUDGE OF ALL HUMANKIND, ESPECIALLY AT THE TIME OF THE NEW YEAR WHICH THE BABYLONIANS CELEBRATED DURING THE SPRING. THE "AKITU FESTIVAL" LASTED FOR TWELVE DAYS AND WAS A TIME OF PURIFICATION AND RENEWAL OF VEGETATION. SHE WAS HONORED EACH YEAR WITH A CAVALCADE OF BOATS AND A SACRED BARGE THAT BORE HER IMAGE.HER SYMBOLS INCLUDE JARS OF BIRDS, WATER AND FISH, AND AT HER FEASTS, SHE WAS GIVEN SILVER CROWNS AND VESSELS OF STONE OR PRECIOUS METAL.

THE DAUGHTER OF" ENKI "AND "NINHURSAG," SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF WATER AND HAD A SPECIAL CONNECTION TO THE UNDERGROUND SPRINGS. SHE ALSO PROTECTS THE CROPS AND THE RIVER AND CAN GRANT VISIONS OF THE FUTURE. IT IS SAID THAT SHE BLESSED HER PRIESTS WITH SOOTHSAYING ABILITIES. FOR AWHILE, "NANSHE" WAS A VERY IMPORTANT GODDESS WHO PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HUMANITY'S MORAL AND ETHICAL CONDUCT. SHE WAS THE OVERSEER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE MOTHER OF THE ORPHAN, A SUPPORTER OF THE WIDOW, AND THE DEFENDER OF THE POOR. THERE IS AN OLD "MESOPOTAMIAN" HYMN TO" NANSHE" DECLARES THAT ANYONE OPPRESSING THE WEAK WOULD BE PUNISHED BY THE GODDESS

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