There are those of us, with the Kore Di-Jana Ekklesia who have read the Madrian The Mythos of the Divine Maid and been unable to spiritually connect with the use of Inanna’s grisly death myth.
For myself, this is partly because I was brought up in a pacifist household, where as children, we were not allowed any toys representing weapons of violent hurting or death. Madria Sophia
I quote here our Traditions founding ArchMadria (High Mother – High Priestess/Bishop) Candra Sophia:
“On a personal level, I believe that the idea of an omnipotent God, whether Divine Male or Divine Female, who allows their Divine Son or Daughter to be mercilessly tortured and killed for either the personal salvation of humanity or for the sustaining of all creation, to be a very primitive and unhealthy theology and one which illustrates the limitations of the finite human mind in being able to grasp Divine Will, Power and Reality. I speak of this as someone who believed in this doctrine for the first 40 years of my life. Now, over 20 years later, I see it from a vastly different viewpoint.
In older forms of religion, animals were believed to take on the sins of humans and were slaughtered as an appeasing sacrifice. In the case of Jesus, I don’t deny the reality of his death, but I do not agree with the interpretation of it. Neither did the Gnostics.
In the case of the Mythos of the Daughter, which was written around the 1970’s, I feel that this is a Christianized thealogy which is applied to the Daughter. Much of the Mythos of the Daughter or Divine Maid is very close to the stories contained within the Christian gospels. It is also based on the descent and gruesome death of Inanna.
Does having a Most Pure Divine Cosmic Supernal Being brutally slaughtered or killed, even in myth-form, for the sins of humanity, or for some type of “original falling or turning away”, or in order to save those in hellish realms, or to repair a broken creation make any more sense than sacrificing an animal for some of the same reasons? No, it does not and it limits the Power of an Omnipotent God to the level of human reasoning and of irrational fear.
Personally, I would not want to be a devotee of a Divine God Who, though He or She has all the Power of the Creator/Creatrix of the multiverse, never-the-less allows His or Her only Child to suffer unspeakable torment for the people of one tiny planet, out of hundreds of trillions of planets, when surely, there was another, less inhumane way to handle a problematic situation.
Even as a Cosmic Myth or as something which happens on a Cosmic Level with the purpose of saving or benefiting all the Cosmos, this thealogy still caters to a violent and very limited human world view and a finite human cosmic view. Humans kill or allow violence to solve problems, not God.”