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Hymn of Ninkasi

Ninkasi is an ancient Sumerian beer goddess. She was discovered via the Hymn to Ninkasi, which is a hymn, a poem and a beer recipe written down on several clay tablets roughly around the year 1800 BC. It’s use of repetition implies it was passed down through oral tradition, perhaps for several thousand years. Archeological evidence for brewing in the region has been dated back to 3500 BC. The daughter of the King of Uruk and high priestess of the temple of Ishtar (who herself was the goddess of procreation), Ninkasi, the goddess of alcohol, was brought to earth to help heal wounds. This hymn was written via the Sumerian language, and is amongst the earliest human writings ever found.