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Qudistu – Women of Special Status

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Qudistu – Women of Special Status

In Arcadian, the language spoken by Semitic inhabitants of Mesopotamia the name Qudistu/Qassatu/Qasdatu refers to a woman of special status. These woman lived on the street and the street was a place where residents not in ‘organised’ households met up. In the legal system of the time Qudistu were classed as women who did not live by societies standards, and therefore their sexuality was ‘un-regulated’. Household women were either married with a husband or celibate, living at home with their parents and their sexuality was regulated by family or husband. being tied in this way they lived under the patriarchal system of the times, unable to own property and accountable to a male figure. The advantage for Qudistu was they were able to own their own property outright and also take on any employment they chose. They were the liberated women of their time.

being liberated and not under a mans control the lives they lived were always surrounded by mystery and gossip. They were considered to be Witches and Sorceresses – bad women, who good decent (controlled women) only met up with at certain times, notably childbirth. Qudistu could work as Midwives, suckle babies who’s mothers had no milk, and adopt the children of women who died in childbirth.

In the 3rd Millenium Sumerian became the most important language in the area for communicating between people and in trade. The Sumerian woman’s name for Qudistu was ‘Nu-gig’. This name also refers to the Goddesses Inanna, Aruni, Ninmah, Nanja, and Ninisina. They used these terms to describe ‘Sacred Prostitutes’, and ‘Hierodule’ – the ‘Religion of Sacred Prostitution’. The street walker had by the change of language, also changed her status to a higher rank, one to be adored rather than ostracised. They existed in the Biblical worlds of Babylon, Israel and Judah until the 7th & 6th Century BC, still considered to be beneath married and celibate women, controlled women. As in Mesopatonia, they also gathered on the streets and congregated in Bars considered to be ‘brothels’, where decent women would never attend. In these establishments trade in business and property took place alongside the sacred worship.

They were the Sacred Slave to the Goddess Qetesh-under her many names and forms.

The Holy One’s

Sacred Interdicted Womb.

Sacred Hymn to Daughters of Qetesh

” For the thousands of young maidens to establish fertility

To regulate the womb

To cut the umbilical cord

To determine the fates To support the door of the Nu-giger

To let the foetus come to successful completion

A child of man protected in the loins

Let to cry aloud

To seek the womb on earth

To turn around the head

To perform the Nu-gigship

Then act quickly to sing proper praise

When she has made manifest the great mes

And my lady has spoken the hymn of praise

Ninisina – fittingly praise yourself!!

2 responses »

  1. Thank you for the information. I must say that Qetesh seems to be a bit forgotten goddess to me, I have some knowledge about the ancient world and yet the first time I came across Qetesh was when I bought the oracle deck ‘Goddess&Sirens’ where she is included. I subscribed and will be checking for next posts. Blessings 🙂 Anna

    • Thanks Anna,

      I also like your Blog. She is little known but as she is my patron Goddess I intend to find out as much about her as I can. I do have a lot of notes which I shall gradually add to my pages here, and I do hope you enjoy reading them.

      Blessings x


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