Ishtar in Sumeria

Even earlier in history, the Sumerians worshiped Innini, or Ishtar. Here is Durant’s description of this mother goddess, who interceded for men with the gods.


“[The city] Uruk worshiped especially the virgin earth goddess Innini, known to the Semites of Akkad as Ishtar—the loose and versatile Aphrodite-Demeter of the Near East. Kish and Lagash worshiped a Mater Dolorsa, the sorrowful mother-goddess, Ninkarsag, who, grieved with the unhappiness of men, interceded for them with the sterner deities.”— Ibid., 127.

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