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Inanna to Ishtar

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Ishtar: Mesopotamian goddess, written by the editiors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, describes the similarities between Ishtar and Inanna, and talks about their characteristics. It points out that Inanna was a fertility figure, saying, "... she was characterized as young, beautiful, and impulsive—never as helpmate or mother..." Of Ishtar it says, "Her popularity was universal in the ancient Middle East, and in many centres of worship she probably subsumed numerous local goddesses." Read more.

Ishtar and other Sumerian deities

This image of a panel from the British Museum, is described as: "Shamash, the sun god, rising in the morning from the eastern mountains between (left) Ishtar (Sumerian: Inanna), the goddess of the morning star, and (far left) Ninurta, the god of thunderstorms, with his bow and lion, and (right) Ea (Sumerian: Enki), the god of fresh water, with (far right) his vizier, the two-faced Usmu."

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Ishtar holding her symbol.
Louvre Museum [CC BY 2.5 (]
"Ishtar is the Mesopotamian East Semitic (Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian) goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She is the counterpart to the earlier attested Sumerian Inanna, and the cognate for the later attested Northwest Semitic Aramean goddess Astarte. Ishtar was an important deity in Mesopotamian religion which was extant from c.3500 BCE, until its gradual decline between the 1st and 5th centuries CE." ~ Wikipedia.

You can read a lengthy article about Ishtar/Inanna here: