Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-24-2013


The Stabat Mater Dolorosa of the Christian tradition bears a striking resemblance to the weeping goddess poems of Sumer, and in particular the Ninhursag Lament. The history behind both poems is briefly outlined, and then comparisons are drawn between the two poems' structure, imagery, movements, and use of other literary devices. Using these comparisons and evidence from the Bible, it is proposed that the Ninhursag Lament is a literary precedent for the Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Full text link is to abstract only.

Included in

Religion Commons