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important events - 12th & 13th May

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  • kenrees
    There are still places left for each day of the events below. All who have a real interest in ancient goddesses, myths of the underworld, initiation as well as
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2007
      There are still places left for each day of the events below. All who have a real interest in ancient goddesses, myths of the underworld, initiation as well as archaeology will be inspired by the two Inanna Days this weekend!


      LIVE at the British Museum

      Saturday 12 May 2007, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.


      In Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq), the Goddess Inanna (Ishtar) was more loved and honoured than any other deity, male or female.  Known as the Queen of Heaven, she was worshipped as the Goddess of Love, War, and Fertility as well as Venus, the Morning and Evening Star.  Her presence in cuneiform texts dates back to 1900 B.C.E.  She continued to be worshipped in the Middle East at least to the time of the Bible where she is referred to as the Queen of Heaven.  You are invited to join Diane Wolkstein and composer–performer Geoffrey Gordon for a special performance of Inanna at the British Museum.  Please be sure to attend the afternoon symposium, as it will introduce you to the culture of Sumer, which was the goddess' realm.

      1:00 – 4:00 p.m.:
      Symposium (Introduced by Dr. Irving Finkel)

      1:05 – 1:45 p.m.:
      Dr. Dominique Collon, a curator in the
      British Museum's Department of the Ancient Near East, will speak on the geography, history, art, religion, and culture of Sumer, with glimpses of Inanna's later development as Ishtar.  Slide presentation and fifteen–minute Q&A.

      2:15 – 3:00 p.m.:
      Dr. Irving Finkel (the Assistant Keeper in the Museum's Department of the Ancient Near East) will speak on the adventure and mystery of the discovering of the cuneiform texts and the importance of the Goddess Inanna in the texts.

      3:15 – 4:00 p.m. (Tea):
      Archaeomusicologist Richard Dumbrill will give a short demonstration on replicas of a lyre and harp from
      Ur and a lute from Uruk, as well as speak informally about the music's relationship to godship in Sumer and to Inanna specifically.

       7:30 – 9:00 p.m.:
      A theatrical performance with sets, costumes, and music
      (Introduced by Olivier Bernier, author and lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
      Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of Love, War, and Fertility, as a young woman boldly (with the help of Gilgamesh) and joyously gains her throne and bed.  After visiting the God of wisdom, she attains her queenship, husband and children.  As a mature woman, she abandons her earthly achievements to confront the mysteries of the underworld, returning with a new consciousness - that of compassion.  Her sophisticated, multi–layered life cycle is as relevant today as it was in ancient
      Iraq.  The text resonates with liberating, passionate love poetry and is the template for subsequent underworld journeys of self–discovery.  This riveting presentation, performed three times at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to sold–out audiences, has been given on five continents.  As Diane Wolkstein speaks and Geoffrey Gordon plays, we are drawn into another world and made a part of that time and place.  

      "To witness Diane Wolkstein's performance, her voice magically weaving together Inanna's story of triumph and tragedy, is to receive a four thousand year–old legacy of knowledge and wisdom.  To hear Geffrey Gordon's haunting music is to evoke both our spiritual poverty and the eternal promise of our renewal."
      Dr. Alistair Martin-Smith,
      Goldsmiths College, University of London.

      Admission: £15 (British Museum Friends and concessions: £12)
      (Prices include free entry to the concert)
      Concert only: £5 (concessions £3)
      Tickets:           020 7323 8181            or         boxoffice@...

      Inanna Day at the Theosophical Society


      50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA


      Sunday 13 May 2007: 2.00 to 7.30 pm


      Reservations and enquiries: 020 7563 9815       or        info@...


      Cuneiform tablets from 1900 B.C., the world's oldest written records, tell the stories of Sumer's hero-kings and their gods and goddesses.  These myths from ancient Iraq include thrilling tales of king Gilgamesh and of the great goddess, Inanna.  The story of Inanna's descent into the underworld and powerful rebirth continues to resonate in our bones over centuries and continents as a blueprint for psychic and spiritual wholeness for both men and women, both individual and collective.  This is a special opportunity for those who have been touched by Inanna's story to share and discuss and dwell together with the myth


      2.00 – 4.30 pm



      Diane Wolkstein, co–author of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth:

      The Story: an interpretation of the Inanna myth


      Dr. Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of Antiquities at the British Museum:

       Sumer and the Sumerians: the historical context


      Dr. Cass Dalglish, Professor of English and Women's Studies:

      Enheduanna: A Woman's Journey: The high priestess of Sumer creates her own story based on Inanna's


      Hugh Van Dusen, vice-president of HarperCollins:

      The Book: the excitement, challenge & synchronicities of publishing Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth


      Melanie Reinhart, renowned astrologer:

      Venus, the Morning & Evening Star: the myth interpreted from Venus's movements through the Heavens


      Julian David, Chair of the C G Jung Analytical Psychology Club London:

      The Psychotherapeutic Journey: a Jungian interpretation of the myth



      Paintings of Inanna by Jocelyn Chaplin will be on the walls


      £15 (£10 concessions & TS Members).  All attendees receive a £2 discount on the 6.00 pm talk


      6.00 – 7.30 pm:



      Diane will lead a group discussion on the epic of Inanna, section-by-section, beginning with ‘The Huluppu-Tree’.  You are strongly advised to attend the afternoon session, as it will help to inform the evening discussion.


      £7 (£5 concessions & TS Members)


      Copies of Diane’s book Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth are available now at the British Museum.  DVDs of the Inanna performance at the American Museum of Natural History will also be available. 


      More details at www.dianewolkstein.com & www.theosoc.org.uk

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