On Sat, 19 Dec 2009, nineb wrote:
> Dear All,
> I was wondering if anyone on this list can assist me with any
> information on any recent studies on what is called an "assinnu" an
> assinnu being a cultic personnel of Ishtar.
> Any information regarding an assinnu would be helpful especially an
> assinnu's involvement in NA contracts.
> Other than what is listed in the CAD The only document i know of is a
> recently published tablet by Prof. Simo Parpola in SAAB discovered in
> Ziyaret Tepe (Tushan).
> I would very much appreciate your most kind assistance.
Maul, Stefan 1992 "Kurgarrû und assinnu und ihr Stand in der
babylonischen Gesellschaft," in Volkert Haas (ed.), Aussenseiter und
Randgruppen: Beiträge zu einer Sozialgeschichte des Alten Orients.
Konstanzer Althistorische Vorträge und Forschungen 32 (Konstanz)
Acû$u-namir, the emmisary that Ea sends to the Netherworld after Ishtar in
Ishtar's Descent is an assinnu.
See also: Nissinen, Martti 1998 Homoeroticism in the Biblical World, a
Historical Perspective. Minneapolis.