Who was Enheduanna?
The Enheduanna Society is
a registered heritage education charity (registration number 1097515) founded in 2002 to popularise
the literature of Ancient Iraq (Mesopotamia) through the art of oral
storytelling. The woman it takes its name from lived in
Mesopotamia in about 2300 BCE, and was the world’s first named
Enheduanna’s surviving work, originally
written in Sumerian, consists of three poems to the goddess
Inanna and forty temple hymns.
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about Enheduanna: her life, her world, her poetry.
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The ZIPANG Mesopotamian storytellers began performing in 1997 when June Peters and Fran Hazelton told
the Gilgamesh Epic at the Kufa Gallery in London, based on
a new translation by Andrew George.
Since then there have been
ZIPANG performances in private parties, storytelling clubs, Oxford, Cambridge and London universities, the October Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, the British Museum,
the Ashmolean Museum, the Story Museum, the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, the Reel Iraq Festival in Shoreditch, the Battersea Barge on the River Thames, and at a forest storytelling festival in Morocco.
ZIPANG storytellers make a unique
contribution to the transmission of knowledge about ancient
Iraq. They pass on by word of mouth the stories of Mesopotamian
myths and poetry to those who want to know them.