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The Descent of Ishtar

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Nora McKennedy

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of The Descent of Ishtar

The Descent of Ishtar
Origin
Akkadian poem
City of Akkad in Sumeria
911-612 BC
Ishtar
Goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality
Spouse: Tammuz
The Myth
In search of Tammuz in Underworld
7 gates
Queen of Hades inflicts disease
Love & fertility disappear from Earth
Gods realize that something is wrong
Order release (given Water of Life)
Returns through each gate (garments are replaced)
Obscure ending
Purpose
Served to explain the periodic disappearance and reappearance in the evening sky of Venus, with which Ishtar is also associated.
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