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8 referenses for the name, seriously?[edit]

References are good, but 8 for the name only? Why bother? Does the name even need a reference? And Ninkharsag is a spelling of the name I've yet to see, and I'm an assyriology student. This article does indeed need a lot of work, but, I just don't know what I should do by looking at it! The first thing I see is 8 referenses for the name, and then just 2 more in the rest of the article... Aa ili'a! -- (talk) 23:12, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Needs work[edit]

This article needs considerable work. -- Zoe is ninhursag also ninlil/nilina/mylita.they are both described as mother of she also ereskigal.they both married nergal.this would make her sister of ishtar.[jonny] Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).


Ninhursag means : queen of the mountains.
Ninmah means : the exalted lady.
Nintu means : the lady who gave birth.
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Nin does not mean queen, but rather "Lady" or "Woman" Ninkur whould be lady of the mountain, Ninhursag means "Lady of the Sacred Mountain" (The Kur was the mound of Eridu!)John D. Croft 16:30, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
The sign NIN has two readings, one plain old nin, which does mean (as you say) lady (as the equivalent of lord, not as a genteel woman), but the second reading, eresh, does indeed mean queen. So, for example, the Netherworld ruling deity Ereshkigal is actually spelled with the signs NIN-KI-GAL. Such ambiguity, naturally, affords a lot of interpretive space. However, if someone wants to read NIN as queen, then they have to transliterate it eresh. Thus, if Ninhursag were to be taken as meaning Queen of the Mountain Range, the name would have to be read Ereshhursag, which no scholar has ever done, or ever argued for. Also, hursag is a compound; both signs together mean mountain, or perhaps mountain range. In any case, it's a smaller mountain than a kur. Halloran (Sumerian Lexicon) takes it as hill-country, mountainous region. -Mother of Otherness 08:22, 7 August 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mother of Otherness (talkcontribs)

Contradicts itself[edit]

The article seems to contradict itself. It says that Ninhursag is also Ki, but that Ninhursag is Ki's daughter. Can someone clarify this? —Lowellian (talk) 06:26, August 9, 2005 (UTC)

I axed that sentence as I couldn't make it out even without its external contradictions. If the original contributor wishes to add it back I have no problem, but they may want to word that section differently. 02:26, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
The religion contradicts itself many times. Being a religion that lasted for 3000, perhaps more back in the past, years in various city states the pantheon and the relationship between the gods tended to shift from place to place and time to time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:09, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Not Enki's Wife[edit]

I thought Ninhursag was NOT Enki's/Ea's wife, but his Maitresse. They brought forth Ninti (who is believed to be Eve). Enki was officially married with Ninki/Damkina, and they brought forth Marduk. Ki was a name of Ninhursag, which means earth/life and is found later in the asian Khi and Chi (power of life) and Ninhursag means so much as the first mother or mothergoddess. Ninhursag was also Enlil's maitresse at a later time, and they brought forth Ninurta/Ningirsu. Enlil was officially Ninlil's husband. (

Damkina is a shortened Akkadian form of Damgulnana, "Great spouse of heaven" which WAS a name given to Ninhursag. So Ninhursag was Enki's wife (She shared the sacred Kur with him, as she, like Enki, had a temple at Eridu).John D. Croft 16:27, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

her mother nammu was originally called ki, and her grand mother before that[kishar].ki may be an inherited title.[jonny] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:09, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

Another contradiction[edit]

"In Sumerian mythology, Ninhursag (NIN.ḪURSAG 𒊩𒌆𒉺𒂅) was the earth and mother goddess"

"Temple hymn sources identify her as the 'true and great lady of heaven'"

How can the Earth goddess be the Lady of Sky? (talk) 11:53, 2 October 2010 (UTC) anto

Because she married him? --dab (𒁳) 09:47, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Interestingly enough, Ninhursag is never described in Sumerian texts as Ki (earth). She is however spoken of as Lady of Heaven. Also the goddess Anat (who came later) was called “Lady of the Mountain” like Ninhursag, while she has “An” (Heaven) in her name. It‘s pretty clear that someone simply assumed that Ninhursag was an earth goddess, yet actual Sumerian writings say otherwise. NC360 (talk) 19:53, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

And, in Sumerian, a vowel is added to her name, making it "Ninhursaga". Bombadil.Esquire (talk) 02:54, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Mami Merge[edit]

Can I get support to take this tag off. Whoever put this on may well suggest that the Jesus page is merged with Mohammed next and they shouldn't be encouraged. Paul Bedson (talk) 01:06, 10 March 2011 (UTC)


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@Cwerry1: Thanks, but if you go to the bottom of that page and click on 'full article', it takes you here. They also make it clear where that page comes from by putting "The article content of this page came from Wikipedia and is governed by CC-BY-SA." at the bottom of the article which fullfills all the copyright obligations. Dougweller (talk) 11:47, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

It might be possible Ninhursag might actually be something like a honorary title like "Bel"[edit]

Through my deep research of web-articles, and online books I noticed many specific goddesses have this alternative Name/Title, and even Ishtar has this name at one point. I've come to some kind of understanding that Ninhursag that was originally a goddess that eventually turned into nothing more than a Honorary title bestowed upon Earth/Healing/Mother type goddesses within Mesopotamia. This is pretty similar to Bel and it's variants which at one point was a god itself, but used as a honorary title for specific gods.

I wanted to point this out because it seems to make more sense in the grand scheme of things, but if I'm wrong then I tried my best figuring it out. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:34, 22 October 2015 (UTC)