Nina – how did we get our name?

by Hayder Al-Fayhan

Nina Magazine and the Goddess Inanna

The Goddess Inanna

Nina is one of the names of Goddess “Inana”, representing fertility, beauty and love to the ancient people of Mesopotamia. The Goddess appeared for the first time in the lands of “Sumer” 5,000 years ago. She was symbolized in cuneiform writing by an octagon star that referred to the planet Venus. The Sumerians called her “Aynata”.
In those ancient times, society was matriarchal. This reflected the fact that survival depended on two main pillars; food and reproduction. Women’s physical bodies were seen as symbols of these needs, with the religious power of a strong female leader filtering through into all aspects of society – including the political and economic spheres.The Goddess “Aynata” represented fertility and love together. She also came to symbolize the desire of communication between man and woman; from her body, a new life arises. Her godhead has been given many names over time, some of which you might recognise – Ishtar and Ashtarut, Easter or Eostre, as well as Venus and Aphrodite. To the people of the Levant, Inana transformed into Nina, and that’s how we know her today.

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