Inanna, daughter of Sin was determined to go
To Kurnugi, Land of No Return
The daughter of Sin was determined to go
To the Dark House, dwelling of Erkalla's god
To the house which those who enter cannot leave
To the house where those who enter are
deprived of light
Where dust is their food, clay their bread
They see no light, they dwell in darkness
They are clothed like birds, with feathers....
(Myths from Mesopotamia, The Descent of Ishtar)
"In the beginning, music was confined to rituals, worship and prayers. As specific hours of the day and night were fixed for different religious rites, music relating to them came to be associated with such time and later on these times were crystallized into rigid rules (ed.for classical Indian music). In time, music ceased to be confined to religion and with the patronage of kings, took its home in the royal courts."
Shiv Dayal Batish/ Ashwan Batish Exotic Scales of North India: Ragopedia Vol.1
INANNA - THE OPERA
A PAGAN ROCK OPERA FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM
After seven years of research and three years of composing, a rock opera has been completed, based on extensive historical study and past-life memories. INANNA - THE OPERA is set in ancient Sumeria and tells the story of Inanna (Ishtar), the goddess of war and passion. It explores her rise to power, and transition from a goddess of love to a goddess of war over several thousand years; a transition caused by the changing attitudes of her worshippers. The opera also tells the tale of Inanna's loss and rediscovery of her lover, Dumuzi.
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