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Vaginas Depicted in Sumerian: a Database

Vaginas Depicted in Sumerian: a Database

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© Jennifer Ball, May 2, 2011 - 1Vaginas depicted in Sumerian: a database. Rev. 27 June 2011 8:44 AM
Woman outline from www.essex.ac.uk
According to the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary
, the above triangular charactermeans “woman” at least 3,079 times, starting in Early Dynasty IIIb, which Wikipedia gives as2,540-2,350 BCE. This means that more than three thousand times a vagina stood as a represent-ative of “female”—not just “woman” because female lamb has a vagina:1
http://psd.museum.upenn.edu/epsd/index.html : “The Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project is carriedout in the Babylonian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. It isfunded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions.”
Vaginas depicted in Sumerian:a database with commentary
by Jennifer Ball
© May 2, 2011
This is the Sumerian word for “woman,” rotated 90°clockwise. During the development of their writing,the Sumerians rotated everything counter-clockwiseby 90° for reasons no one knows. Perhaps it was asimple form of encoding: the rotation makes it more
difcult to see what the inscriptions resemble.
female lamb - kir 
(rotated 90° cw)
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Perhaps we all should consider thatthis behavior is less aberrant than oncesuspected. We exist because the drive forsex is strong. Who’s to tell you that you canonly mate with one species when you’renewly human yourself? There is a word inHebrew,
, that means to mate a womanwith an animal. Just because they neverachieved woman-animal admixtures doesn’tmean they didn’t try repeatedly (though, if you’ve read
Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn,you know that prenatal experiments withtoxins could theoretically create all sortsof outcomes which could appear to be chi-meric individuals; early humans conceivedof beings that were animal-human mixes:the Sphinx, satyrs, Hathor the cow goddess,Taweret the hippo goddess of pregnancy,Bastet the cat goddess, and many more).There wasn’t much entertainment in thosedays.
meant excitement. In Greek
 is “nipple” and
is “theater” (see bot-tom right.)
Women were theater because thatwas the view men wanted to see. And if youdidn’t have a woman, you’d have a sheep. If you didn’t have a sheep, you’d have men inwomen’s clothing. Men in women’s cloth-ing
the underpinning of comedy. That andpeople falling down.It turns out that this vagina-looking character is in a lot of Sumerianwords that we wouldn’t necessarily associate with vaginas: words like“pure” and “insulting” and “vessel.” This vagina-looking graphic isn’t
the only character that signies for “vagina” either. When something
is important, there is not a one-to-one correlation between that thingand a sound or scrawl. Many sound combinations signify for “vagina”because vaginas make things happen. 
 Archaic Bookkeeping
by Hans J. Nissen, Peter Damerow, Robert K.Englund, and translated by Paul Larsen (©1993) was recommended
to me by Philip Jones, one of the two contacts listed on the Sumerian dictionary’s website. In
 Archaic Bookkeeping,
the authors describe the types of signs found in Sumerian. On page 89 you
can nd the description above of the sound combination “SAL,” which also stood for “vagina.”
“SAL” plus the sign for “calf” means “heifer calf.” My son told me that he learned in history thatin Ancient Greek it was a complement for a woman to be called a “heifer.” In Ancient Egypt,“cow” and “maid” were very close (see “Roots of the Word ‘Idiot,’”
).According to Kinsey, “Among boys raised on farms, about 17 per cent experience orgasm as theproduct of animal contacts which occur sometime after the onset of adolescence.”
A male friendat UC Davis said that he knew of three male students who had claimed to have had sex withsheep, and they also claimed that a sheep’s vagina was the closest of any animal’s to a woman’s(as if they’d tried other species besides sheep). Even Jared Diamond mentions this “aberrant” be-havior on page 196 of 
Guns, Germs, and Steel:
“The answer slowly emerged: he had confessedto repeated intercourse with sheep on a recent visit to the family farm; perhaps that was how hehad contracted the mysterious microbe. This episode, related to me by a physician friend in-volved in the case...” We all hear it from our friends. The doctor friend only heard it after he hadrevived the gentleman who had been beaten by his translator who also happened to be his wife.1
Kinsey, Alfred Charles and Wardell Baxter Pomeroy, and Clyde Eugene Martin.
Sexual behavior in the hu-man male
. Page 671.
 Above is the denition for “raba’” from theHebrew Lexicon at
Below left is page 252 from
The Etymologiesof Isidore of Seville,
which demonstrates thatin 636 AD they were trying to gure out whichspecies had to have had sex with another inorder to create new species. They also thoughtthat a beast could be calmed by a virgin girl’slap, which is why virgins were often trotted outin front of armies in hopes to avoid battle. Belowis page 101 from Borror’s
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
which denesGreek and Latin.
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But don’t believe me. Let’s consult the Sumerians. Below is the Sumerian sign list of animals from page 89 of 
 Archaic Bookkeeping
. Think of this as a code for animals because the
Sumerians (or whoever invented cuneiform because there’s a debate about that) gured out that
if you breed animals, you get more. This is apparent in the Biblical story of Laban as well, wherehe practiced selective breeding in order to short his controlling father-in-law.When you reorder thislist into males togetherand females together,and then you put thecomplementary sexof the animal ((ramto ewe, male lamb tofemale lamb, etc.) itappears that Sumeriansare akin to electricians.Electricians (and musi-cians) call the respec-tive electrical plugs“male” and “female.”The relationship of thefemale to male char-
acters below, though not always a perfect t, still would imply that the Sumerians were depicting
the rear of the animals, the place where breeding was done, which would have mattered to anearly culture.The authors of 
 Archaic Accounting
did not order the animals the way I have because theyare unaware of this relationship, which they make clear on page 116: “Abstract or arbitrarilyshaped signs lacking any comprehensible association to the object depicted, for example, the cir-cle and cross denot-ing ‘small cattle.’”(They still did animpressive job withthis book.)A plus insidea circle would be atarget. “Small cattle”might be a desir-able target for some5,000 years ago. Thegender symbol forwoman is a plus be-low a circle becauseour vaginas are be-low our heads. Withcattle, the circle is
Sign Pronunciation English meaning Signcomp. sex Pronunciation English meaning
feld, arable land, cultivated
level with the plus because a cow’s vaginais level with its head (as with a sheep,donkey, goat, deer, gazelle, eland, etc.).Below is an example from page21 in
 Archaic Bookkeeping
showingthat a circle with a plus means “smallcattle” (highlighted in pink). To the leftis the gender sign for “woman” (whichallegedly depicts the goddess Venus’mirror). The only difference betweenthem is orientation of the two parts of the sign: circle and plus.The Chinese had a similar char-acter to the Sumerian’s “small cattle”in the sinograph
which means
“eld, arable land, cultivated.” If you
read my document “‘Meow’” is justanother name for ‘cat’” (
www.origino- falphabet.com),
you will see that thistargetchar-actermeantmore
than “eld.” Some sources include “hunt.” I think it also stands for “vagina” in certain contexts,
such as in the word for “prostitute”:
Four categories of Sumerian Signs

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