A powerful goddess of many cultures and of many aspects. She was recognized in Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sumeria, Arabia, and Phoenicia. Not only was she the goddess of heaven and the moon, but of fertility and creation as well. She was also the sex goddess and the war goddess wrapped up into one mighty deity covering several dualistic principles. She ruled law and order, prophecy, and the records of life. Often portrayed as the victorious goddess of battle, riding a chariot drawn by seven lions, she was always given the utmost respect and praise. Like Isis and Aphrodite, Ishtar represents the mysteries of procreation. Her countless temples were often the site of uninhibited sex rituals that today would appear to be nothing more than wanton orgies, though they were considered divine to her following.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005