Nintu

Nintu, mother goddess, in Mesopotamian mythology (Sumerian and Babylonian-Akkadian. She was the wife of the god Enlil the god of the wind and storms. She was also known as Inanna, Ishtar, and Inanna-Ishtar.

Nintu was a mother goddess who was worshipped by the Sumerians for her fertility. She is depicted as a young woman with long hair and a snake for a tail.

Broke off, according to legend, fourteen pieces of primordial clay to form the womb deities. Seven on the left and seven in the right with a brick between them. She produced the first seven pairs of human embryos.

She is closely identified with the goddess Ninhursaga¬†and may have become Belet Ili (mistress of the gods) when, at¬†Enki’s¬†suggestion, the gods slew one of themselves and used his flesh and blood, mixed with clay, to create humankind.

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Source:

Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 186