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.



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