Honoring Enheduanna on International Women’s Day
March 09, 2018
Today is International Women’s Day, a time to honor the contributions of women in society, and those figures who stand as beacons of inspiration and role models for women and girls today. I think of Enheduanna, Sumerian High Priestess of Inanna and the first known author by name, a woman of great power and influence who lived from 2285-2250 BC, and whose literary contributions can still be seen in poetic form today.
Enheduanna was a princess, daughter of a priestess and Sargon the Great, who himself was born to a priestess. Enheduanna was High-Priestess to the sky god Nanna, presiding over the temple complex in the city of Ur and influencing the people’s relationship with the Mesopotamian gods through her writings. She had a passionate relationship with the goddess Inanna, precursor to Ishtar, and is known for three great collections of hymns, very personal in style, in exaltation of Her.
Now that you know a little bit able Enheduanna , let’s return to the present: How did we get from there – a powerful woman being the first author in recorded history to sign her name on her writings – to generations of women and girls not receiving a basic education or be allowed to participate in civic and religions leadership? Indeed, times changed, societal values changed, leadership changed. And they are changing again.
From #Metoo to Time’s Up, we all bear witness to the movements underway to rebalance the scales. Women are stepping up, coming together, and demanding to be heard – and it seems the time is ripe for society to change. Spiritual work goes hand-in-hand with the social-political. Our world can no longer afford to NOT listen to women. It is time to step into our sovereignty. It is time to speak out as Enheduanna did.
Scheherazade, while not a historical figure like Enheduanna, is a powerful archetype to channel. Learn more about Scheherazade here.
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The potency of sacred women’s spaces was made evident to me during this beautiful two day healing dance ritual. That experience of learning, of playing, and of connecting to our feminine power through community and the container held so humbly and graciously by Hannah will stay with me forever, and has become fuel for a new passion in my life to explore Sufi and Berber traditional, meditative dance. My deepest gratitude goes to all women of the dance, now, and throughout all of time.
Hannah radiates an inner joy, a celebration of the divine, that glows and grows inside her audience. Dancing with Hannah, one is finds herself channeled into the timeless essence of feminine grace, connecting to all women past and present, freeing us to express our true innate beauty
For the past three years Hannah’s performance and teaching has been a highlight of my annual women’s weekend. She is a gifted, creative, expert dancer who engages and amazes the audience with her style and skill. It’s beautiful to watch her flow, bend, glide, and shimmy. Dancing with her is a blast! All my women friends loved it.
Hannah’s workshop was exhilarating, joyful, and educational. I felt uplifted afterwards, and emerged with a positive feeling of lightness.
Hannah loves transmitting her knowledge of world dance to kids and they feel it. She engages them in both the movements and the understanding of the traditions of the dances. The kids learn to appreciate the pure joy of moving, the history of the dances and choreographing their own pieces. It’s great to see the kids enjoying the discipline of the different traditions while having a lot of fun.
A week later and still relishing in the magical afterglow! Seriously, much to my surprise I am still reaping the benefits and riding the waves of such a weekend. Personally it was an end of an era, and what better way to initiate a new beginning, than to breathe in new life with ritual, spinning, baddass women, wonderful food, perfect location and gorgeous weather. Outstanding!
I just spent two days with Hannah and a diverse group of spirited women on the Spin, Shake, Sway workshop exploring whirling and the Moroccan Guedra, and the experience made me reconnect with dancing at a very deep and intense level. I felt so alive and free in the space where your body and your soul intersect, and beauty and healing naturally happen. The location was magical and the perfect setting for our group.
I first saw Hannah dance Persian style at a party and was immediately in awe of her self-possessed beauty that comes through her style of dance. I wanted to learn that! I had gone through a tough 18 months of sorrow and grief after loosing my partner of 15 years and mom within six months of each other. Hannah choreographed a Persian dance specifically for me that would help open my heart. And she helped mend my heart and soul through private lessons and learning her dance. I would recommend h…