Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sumeria and her Sons - The Beginning

Researching the back ground for Sumeria's Sons was extremely fun for  me.  I love ancient history.  The cuniform tablets reciting the epic of King Gilgamesh is one of the earliest Sumerian writings.  Actually, it was a poem that was retold in different versions for over 2000 yrs.

There are many things I loved about this poem and one of them was that Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, loved Enkidu like a wife.

Some scholars claim it means "brotherly love."  Sorry guys, I hate to break it to you, but that is definitely not how it reads.  With a little research you'll find the Sumarians lived in a culture that openly accept same sex pairings.  They had Temples to the Goddess Inanna, who later became Ishtar of Babylonia.  She was the Goddess of Sacred Prostitution and Sexual Love. For 2000 years it was a very powerful and respected temple.  In more recent publications, it was noted that persons of asexual or hermaphroditic bodies and feminine men were particularly involved in the worship and ritual practices of Inanna's temples.  She was the patron Goddess of the city of Uruk which housed one of the largest and most well known Temples of Inanna.

Needless to say, I was excited to use this rich culture as a background for my Lycan culture and society.  The downside was the pantheon of Gods and Goddesses or their individual stories are not well known.  These ancient stories of epic love, lust, hate, and vendettas fit perfectly into the plot of Sumeria's Sons.

I found myself not only telling the the love story of Tristan and Ushna but also the love story of Enkidu and Gilgamesh.  I had to reintroduce a forgotten mythology, trying to stay true to the roots, but also adding my own artist twist to make the world mine.  I hope I accomplished this without confusing the reader.

At the beginning of the books you will find a glossary of all the Gods and Goddesses I use throughout the series.  The first two you meet are Shamash and Anat.  Shamash is the God of the Sun and Lord of injustice to the light.  He is the patron God to the Lycans.  The Goddess Anat is violent virgin Goddess of War and the patron Goddess to the Lycan warriors.

Two more days and Twin Flames (click to pre-order a copy) will be released!  I am so excited.  REMEMBER - you can leave a comment over at Hearts on Fire for a chance to win an ebook copy of Twin Flames.  If interested - what am I saying - Click here to enter.  You know you wanna!

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