Mesopotamian - A Sumerian messenger god attendant on Innana: gatekeeper for the god An. When Inanna descended to the underworld she left Ninshubur on guard to ensure her safe return. When the goddess failed to return, Ninshubur raised such a lament that the gods intervened to save Inanna. Occasionally called Ninshubur, Ninsubur, Ninsubur, Papukkal, Papukkal, Babylonian Ilabrat or Babylonian Ilabrat.

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