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Ishtar and Izdubar Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton

Ishtar and Izdubar

Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton

Published January 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781409935520
Paperback
200 pages
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Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte. Ishtar is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she was the divine personification ofMoreIshtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte. Ishtar is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she was the divine personification of the planet Venus. Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution- her holy city Uruk was called the town of the sacred courtesans- and she herself was the courtesan of the gods. Ishtar was the daughter of Sin or Anu. She was particularly worshiped at Nineveh and Arbela (Erbil).