What is the Ekur?
𒂍𒆳 e2-kur “mountain house” – the name given in Sumerian to Enlil’s temple in Nippur.
In a lot of ways, the Ekur served as the central temple to the Sumerian gods and provided resources to the temples of other gods. In fact, there are many Sumerian myths which tell the tales of various gods making their journey to Nippur to visit the temple. We have renamed our organization Ekur in honor of the importance of the Ekur temple to the ancient Sumerians as a cultural center. It is our hope to provide a kind of center of resources for Sumerians of all kinds. Our focus will be on Sumerian Reconstructionism, but we will also provide resources to Sumerians on other paths such as Wicca, Thelema, etc.
Old Gnostic Temple of Inanna FAQ:
What do we a as a Sumarian reconstructionist organization have to do with Christian Gnosticism?
The answer is somewhat complicated:
adjective • relating to knowledge, especially esoteric mystical knowledge
The name was chosen because of its definition, not with intention to have any kind of relationship to Christian gnosticism.
However it’s easy to see many parallels between the æon Sophia and the goddess Inanna so we do think that she is a kind of folk memory of the goddess carried on in a later tradition. The parallels don’t end there and one could probably fill a book on them, but as many parallels there are, there are as many differences. So beyond sharing some similar ideas we do not see ourselves as related in any significant way.
Does Inanna need to be my patron to be a member of the temple?
No. The temple is dedicated to Inanna in the same way you might dedicate a building to the memory of someone who performed a great service for your town. Historically each temple would be dedicated to a deity, but they would not be the only deity worshipped within, rather they would be the focus of the temple’s structure and rituals.
Many of our rituals are based around the various myths centered around Inanna but she is far from the only deity we worship or recognize. After all, we are a on a polytheistic path.