Nanaya (Sumerian: 𒀭𒈾𒈾𒀀, DNA.NA.A; also transcribed as "Nanâ", "Nanãy", "Nanaja", "Nanãja", or '"Nanãya"; in Greek: Ναναια or Νανα; Aramaic: ננױננאױ) is the canonical name for a goddess worshipped by the Sumerians and Akkadians, a deity who personified voluptuousness and sexuality, and warfare. Her cult was large and was spread as far as Egypt, Syria, and Iran. She later became syncretised as an aspect of Inanna.
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Quotes about Nanaya
- O Nannaya, may your spirit be pleased, may your heart be at rest.
- A tigi to Nanaya for Išbi-Erra (Išbi-Erra C), translation at The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
- Nanaja > Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2015, Brill Online Reference Works