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"Interpreter of Dreams," the Babylonian title of the Goddess who gave her priests the ability to interpret (see Oneiromancy) and prophesy from other men’s dreams. The priests acquired this ability after undergoing an initiation ceremony of descent into her "pit," a symbolic experience of death and resurrection.

Nanshe was also the Goddess of water and fertility, her symbol was a vessel of water with a fish in it, which signifies the gravid womb. (see Abaddon) A.G.H.


Walker, Barbara G., The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, New York, HarperCollins, 1983, p. 718

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