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Ishtar
Ishtar, the Mother Goddess
Personal Information
Other Names

Baal-Taritha, Inanna

Gender

Female

Pantheon

Mashite

Religious Information
Status

Greater

Area(s) of Control

Deceit, Fertility, Love, Lust, Vanity, War

Ishtar, the ancient Mother Goddess, is worshipped in rich temples and at lavish shrines with rituals of blood sacrifice and orgiastic frenzy performed before sensuously carved idols of ivory.

For those who serve her, Ishtar bestows bountiful harvests and many children in exchange for sacrifice. The voluptous temple prostitutes which are found in Ishtar's temples are well known even outside the lands where the goddess is worshipped.

Ishtar is worshipped in Ashan, Mulharek, Porther and Proskur, and has small cults elsewhere. She is also known under such diverse names as Baal-Taritha and Inanna.

Ishtar can take any form, male and female, although she is most likely to appear as a young, voluptous woman dressed in white robes, wearing a golden crown. Birth of hideously deformed children, as well as drought, are regarded as bad omens from Ishtar.

Ishtar has both male and female priests. Their ceremonies include the blood sacrifice of animals.

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