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“Ishtar of joy is clothed in charm; she is adorned with seductiveness, cosmetics, and appeal. She is sweet-lipped, her mouth is life; laughter blooms on her features.”

An Old Babylonian hymn to the goddess Ishtar dedicated by the king Ammi-ditana #Galentines #Valentines
A 4,000-year-old hymn to the goddess Ishtar praises her aspects as the goddess of love and her authority in the Babylonian pantheon.

“She alone controls mutual love, obedience, passion, good will...
Who can equal her greatness?
Strong, august, brilliant are her divine powers”
In Mesopotamia, the goddess Ishtar was volatile and complex. She enjoyed making love as much as she did inciting battle

King Ashurbanipal of ancient Assyria claimed her support in his royal inscriptions: “With the help of Ashur and Ishtar, I killed them. Their heads, I cut off.”
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