- the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love and war, identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna.
Also called Mylitta.
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The name Easter may, or may not, be derived from the Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar—the source of the Hebrew name Esther.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
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Belle Jar has more: Ishtar was the goddess of love, war and sex.
Anyway, the point I am trying to make here is that, yes, Ishtar was associated with fertility and sex.
The seat of the latter was in Nineveh, as was of course also the seat of Ishtar of Nineveh.
Ishtar they regarded as their own goddess quite as much as Ashur.
I am Ishtar of Arbela, who forces thine enemies to submission.
Phrases introduced to illustrate the power, not the function, of Ishtar.
(I am) Ishtar,—to open the lock of heaven belongs to my supremacy.
- the principal goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians; divinity of love, fertility, and war
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Word Origin and History for ishtar
ancient Sumero-Babylonian goddess of love and fertility, counterpart of Phoenician Astarte (q.v.), from Akkad. Ishtar.
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