[LNHY] I'm confused

George D. Phillies phillies at WPI.EDU
Fri Feb 4 07:05:44 PST 2005

Thank you for this extremely interesting contribution to geneology.  
Sorting it all out must have been a challenge.

Contemplete the European Monarch who had two parents, four grandparents, 
but due to rearrangement and marriage only four great-grandparents, 
which shows that fiction is duller than reality because it must be 
somewhat believable.  This is a valuable lesson for all future 

On 4 Feb 2005 phippsmartin at hotmail.com wrote:

> I'm confused.
> I am trying to figure out how Gilgamesh and Inanna
> were related.  It's complicated.
> First of all, Gilgamesh and Dumuzi were brothers and
> Inanna was married to Dumuzi so Inanna was Gilgamesh's
> sister-in-law.
> Gilgamesh and Dumuzi were only half brothers, however.  Gilgamesh's
> father was, presumably, Lugalbanda whereas Dumuzi's father was Ishkur,
> the son of Enlil.  Their mother was Ninsun who was, presumably, the
> sister of Utu, who was the father of Mekiaggasher who was the father of
> Enmerkar who was presumably the father of Luglabanda who was presumably
> the father of Gilgamesh.  What?  Presumably these people were very long
> lived and/or married very young so Utu was much older than Inanna and
> Dumuzi was much older than Gilgamesh but, in any case, this makes
> Dumuzi his own step-great-great-grand-uncle.  Worse, Ninsun's father
> was presumbly also Enlil so Dumuzi's parents were half-siblings.  I'm
> not sure about that part.  Even worse, Inanna's father was Nanna who
> was also Ninsun's brother so Dumuzi/Gilgamesh and Inanna would have
> been first cousins.
> Intriguingly, there is the claim on one website that Gilgamesh is the
> Babylonian name for Kenkenes Horus, the first Pharoah of Egypt and that
> Gilgamesh actually fathered children with Ishtar to begin the Egyptian
> Dynasty.  This is based on the Inanna=Isis theory and taking things to
> their logical conclusion.  I jokingly presented the same theory in
> Google.mesh #4 but I didn't expect it to correspond to any actual
> mythology, let alone reality.  The website does state that Inanna was
> Gilgamesh's wife, however, which is bizarre, because that would make
> her simultaneously his wife, sister-in-law, first cousin and
> great-great-grand-aunt.  Talk about inbreeding!
> I swear I'm not making this up.  I found this information (some of it
> contradictory) on the following pages.
> http://www.halexandria.org/dward186.htm
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumerian_king_list
> http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jamesdow/s053/f415167.htm
> http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jamesdow/s078/f830334.htm
> http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jamesdow/s076/f207583.htm

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