The Goddess' Struggle for Love
Self-efficacy in all phases of life
The Sumerian mythology tells Inanna's whole life with the different phases, as it corresponds to the life of every woman. Special emphasis is placed on the phases of upheaval, on initiation (first sexual intercourse) and the path through the underworld (crisis of the middle years; see The Woman's Way / Female Path).
Youth: Fighting for love
Inanna is therefore a "goddess" because she also masters the difficult phases of life consciously and self-efficiently. Thus, as the young goddess Inanna, she wins her throne and her bed, symbols of self-efficacy and self-determined sexuality. And the 77 ME, the powers of wisdom, are awarded to her after she has successfully stood up for her love.
The path through the underworld
At a ripe old age, she courageously and of her own accord makes her way down into the underworld, the realm of shadows and the dead. There she dies and is resurrected on the third day by her loving father.
Struggle for the relationship
She returns to earth and next goes directly into a confrontation with her unfaithful spouse, the shepherd god and the god of the growth of the grain.