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The Land grant to Ḫunnubat-Nanaya kudurru is a stele of King Meli-Shipak II (1186–1172 BCE). Nanaya, seated on a throne, is being presented the daughter of the king, Ḫunnubat-Nanaya. Kassite period limestone stele, The Louvre.
This article is about the Mesopotamian goddess; for the Telugu author see Nannayya. For the Tsukihime character, see Shiki Nanaya.

Nanaya (Sumerian 𒀭𒈾𒈾𒀀, DNA.NA.A; also transcribed as "Nanâ", "Nanãy", "Nanaja", "Nanãja", or '"Nanãya"; in Greek: Ναναια or Νανα; Aramaic: ננױננאױ) is the canonical name for a goddess worshipped by the Sumerians and Akkadians, a deity who personified voluptuousness and sexuality,[1] and warfare.[2] Her cult was large and was spread as far as Syria and Iran. She later became syncretised as an aspect of Inanna.[3]



  • Encyclopedia of Gods, Michael Jordan, Kyle Cathie Limited, 2002
  • Mesopotamian Goddess Nanãja, Olga Drewnowska-Rymarz, Agade, 2008
  • Westenholz, Joan Goodnick (1997). "Nanaya: Lady of Mystery". In I.L. Finkel and M.J. Geller. Sumerian Gods and their Representations. Cuneiform Monographs. 7. Groningen: Styx Publications. pp. 57–84. ISBN 90-5693-005-2. 

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