Fragment only from unknown book, Middle East Religions by Kramer?


The myth of Inanna and the gardener Shukalletuda is interesting. It tells how Shukalletuda once found the goddess in a state of extreme weariness, and took advantage of this to have intercourse with her. The goddess sent three disasters upon Sumer as punishment: first she turned the water of the wells into blood, then she sent a destructive storm over the land, and finally a disaster the nature of which remains obscure because the fragmentary state of the text. In spite of this, the sinner succeeds in escaping. The text unfortunately breaks off just when the goddess is asking Enki for advice about what she should do now.