See also: inanna

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Inanna/Ishtar (right) with her sukkal (vizier) Ninshubur; Akkadian cylindrical seal, ca 2334–2154 BCE

Etymology edit

From Sumerian 𒀭𒈹 (dinana /⁠inanak⁠/).

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  1. (mythology, Mesopotamian mythology) A Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare, known by the Akkadians as Ishtar and later identified with Astarte, Aphrodite, and Venus.
    • 1996, Cecil Roth, Encyclopaedia Judaica: Ur-Z, Encyclopaedia Judaica, page 1505p:
      As popular with the mythmakers as Enki, or even more so, was his granddaughter Inanna, city goddess or[sic] Uruk and one of the most complex figures in the Mesopotamian pantheon.
    • 1999, Serinity Young, Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion: A-K, Macmillan, page 466:
      During the second half of the third and early part of the second millennia B.C.E., the Sumerian goddess Inanna was worshiped in seven cities of southern Mesopotamia (among them Zabala, Agade, and Kish), but principally in her temple Eana at Uruk.
    • 2002, The SSEA Journal, Volume 29, Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, page 17:
      Even at this period, Inanna appears in various manifestations, each of which seems to possess a separate cult, temples with cultic functionaries, and the right to receive offerings.

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