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For questions about the ancient Mesopotamian goddess of love, beauty, sex, war, justice, and political power. Originally worshiped in Sumer and later by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians under the name Ishtar.

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Anat and Ištar (west Semitic deity), did these deities derive from the same Semitic deity?

Apparently, Astarte/Athtart/Ashtart the Phoenician/Carthaginian goddess was a variation of (or that she simply derived from the same religious figure) the Babylonian Ishtar (who was herself a fusion ...
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Why does Inanna need a fruit to know of sex?

According to this link there is a myth where Inanna knows about sex from a tree fruit. She wants to know about sex and for that she has to go to the underworld and taste the fruit there. But why ...
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What is the context behind Gilgamesh's rejection of Ishtar?

In Tablet VI of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh rejects Ishtar's advances after describing the harm she has caused to her previous lovers (e.g. she turned a shepard into a wolf). I have a few ...
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Why does Ishtar go to the underworld?

In the short story Descent of the Goddess Ishtar into the Lower World, Ishtar travels to the underworld, and then returns. To the land of no return, the land of darkness, Ishtar, the daughter ...
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Why does Inanna rejoice at her wondrous vulva?

In Wolkstein and Kramer's telling of "Inanna and the God of Wisdom" (ISBN 978-0060908546) Inanna placed the shugurra, the crown of the steppe, on her head. She went to the sheepfold, to the ...
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