Today I am celebrating romantic love in honor of my wedding anniversary. To all my followers, I hope that you find joy and happiness in your amorous relationships. May your love shine forth like the goddess Inana on the day she married Dumuzid.
“At her mother’s bidding, Inana bathed in water and anointed herself with sweet oil. She covered her body with a grand robe; she also took her pin. She straightened the lapis lazuli stones on her neck and grasped her cylinder seal in her hand. The young lady stepped forward as Dumuzid pushed open the door, and like a moonbeam she came forth to him from the house. He looked at her and rejoiced in her; he embraced her and kissed her.”
Source: Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL), A Song of Inana and Dumuzid (Dumuzid-Inana C1), t.4.08.29, Segment B, lines 12-23.
Image: Embracing Couple, c. 2004-1595 BCE (Isin-Larsa-Old Babylonian). From Tello (Girsu). Molded terracotta, 11 x 6.4 x 1.7 cm. Louvre Museum AO 16676. Photo by Françoise Foliot, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.