Hurrians mythology

A Bronze Age Myth of Hurrians

 After the dragon Illuyanka wins an encounter with the storm god at Kiskilussa (Anatolia). The storm god’s reaction to this defeat is to call for a feast (of wine and beer), almost certainly representing the Hattian-Hittite Purulli festival in honor of the prosperity and fertility of the land and its people.  Inara decides to use the feast to lure and defeat Illuyanka, who was her father’s Nemesis.  But the Illuyanka remains a constant threat that Inara has to Overcome. To defeat the Dragon she needs a human to trick the dragon and assist her. She takes the help of Hupasiya, who agrees to help in return for sexual favors. The goddess agrees, and after sleeping with Hupasiya she hides, her lover then approaches the serpent hole and entices the dragon to come out to join the feast she has prepared. The dragon falls for the trick and proceeds to become so drunk that Hupasiya is able to burst out of his hiding place to tie him up. Then the storm god himself comes and kills the dragon and creation is preserved. The story of Inara and Hupasiya Continues. Inara built a house on a cliff and gave it to Hupasiyas. She left one day with instructions that he was not to look out the window, as he might see his family. But he looked and the sight of his family made him beg to be allowed to return home. there is speculation that Inara killed Hupasiyas for disobeying her, or for hubris, or that he was allowed to return to his family. The mother goddess Hannahannah (Grandmother Hurrian Mother Goddess) then promises Inara land and a man during a consultation by Inara. Inara then disappears. Her father looks for her, joined by Hannahannah with a bee.


This Myth is Similar to two Greek Myths


1) The Climax of the story is similar to the Greek myth as Odysseus had begged Calypso, to be allowed to go back home

In Greek mythology, Calypso was a nymph who lived on the mythical island of Ogygia. When Odysseus landed on Ogygia, Calypso fell in love with him and decided to keep him as her immortal husband. With her captivating singing, she managed to detain the Greek hero for several years. However, the time came when Odysseus’ longing for Penelope, his wife, grew so strong that he could bear it no more. Wanting to tell Calypso, Odysseus instead told goddess Athena of his misery. Athena, being the protector of Odysseus, asked Zeus to demand the release of the hero. So it happened. Calypso, angry at first, complained about how gods did not want goddesses to have affairs with mortals; however, she eventually backed out. Giving Odysseus wine, bread, and a raft, she bade him farewell.

 2) The Greek myth of  Demeter and her daughter Persephone.

 Demeter was the goddess of corn, grain, and the harvest. She was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Demeter was intimately associated with the seasons. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. In her anger at her daughter’s loss, Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, and the land to become desolate. Zeus, alarmed by the barren earth, sought Persephone’s return. However, because she had eaten while in the underworld, Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, it was decreed that Persephone would spend four months each year in the underworld. During these months Demeter would grieve for her daughter’s absence, withdrawing her gifts from the world, creating winter. Her return brought the spring.


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