The Queen of Mysteries
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Some of my late night research has yielded some unexpected but much appreciated result, which solves yet another piece of the mystical textbook puzzle that is the Simon Necronomicon. Many of you (including myself) have undoubtedly wondered who the Queen of Mysteries is, who is mentioned in the Second Testimony of the Mad Arab, on page 216 of the Simon Necronomicon, which reads as follows:
“And if these worshippers and sorcerers still come at thee, as it is possible, for their power comes from the Stars, and who knows the ways of the Stars?, thou must call upon the Queen of Mysteries, NINDINUGGA, who wilt surely save thee. And thou must make incantations with her Title, which is NINDINUGGA NIMSHIMSHARGAL ENLILLARA. And it is enough merely to shout that Name aloud, Seven times, and she will come to thine aid.”
Those of you who have called on Her with a pure heart and noble intent will know that she is quick to come and willing to aid the magician in various manners as long as it is for a proper cause.
But who is she?
And what does Her name mean?
Well, these questions can finally be answered with the help of a book by Stephen Langdon, an excellent scholar in this field. In his work “Publications of the Babylonian Section, Volumes 12-13” , on page 61, we find the transliteration and translation of a fragment of a historical building inscription, No. 26, CBS. 8358, which gives us the proper meaning of the name found in the Necronomicon, as well as a short explanation of who Nin-dinugga is, and what she represents. It tells us the following:
“Nin-din-ú(g)-ga the Sumerian Ishtar, in whom both characters of Bau, and Inanna are combined, is here called the great diviner (ašipu) of Enlil. But the Sumerian name is more exact and means the one who plants, grows, prepares any magical herbs and knows the crafty receipts of oils, pastes, and balsams. She is physician just as much as diviner. She is the lady who revives all dead (muballit mitûti).”
The opening lines of the tablet mentioned above give us the meaning of the title, as given in the Necronomicon, and which reads as follows:
Langdon translates this as:
the great enchantress
Please take note of the fact that Simon made a textual error, as the name reads: “NINSHIMSHARGAL“, and not “NIMSHIMSHARGAL“.