In Sumerian mythology, Dumuzi (or Tammuz) was a shepherd God and the consort of the Goddess Inanna (or Ishtar, Goddess of both Love and War). When Inanna dared to sit on the throne of her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld (Kur), she was judged by the Anunnaki (Gods of Judgment) and was sentenced to die, and spend the rest of eternity in the Underworld. Inanna tried to find one of the other Gods to take her place in order to secure her own release, but none would agree. So the demons accompanying her into the world of the living for her search took her consort Dumuzi in her place. Then Inanna made a deal to share Dumuzi for half the year and have another demon take his place for the rest of the year, rather like Persephone living in the Underworld with Hades for half of the year, and then returning to her mother Ceres for the other six months.