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I. Name

Kiririša (var. Kirišša) is an Elamite goddess, consort of Napiriša, and mother of Ḫutran (WbMyth. I/1, 55). Jensen 1892:64 urged that the name of Zeresh (זרשׁ, Est. 5.10, Est. 14; Est. 6.13), the wife of Haman, goes back to the name of the goddess Kiririša. This theory is to be rejected on phonological grounds

II. Identity

Kiririša is an important Elamite deity. Her name means ‘great lady’ (kiri-riša) and she was the consort of Napiriša, the ‘great lord’. She is a…

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F. van Koppen and K. van der Toorn, “Kiririša”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>

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