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October 31, 2019

Ištar Returns to Earth

Nabil recalled the unusual event. Moudad was satisfied the Jema’iyye, the fall pilgrimage festival had been a good one. The Sacrifice of the Bull and the final community meal went off without a hitch yesterday. Now all of the thankful, uplifted pe...

October 30, 2019

In Mesopotamian iconography, the most common symbol of Ištar is an eight-pointed star, originally associated with Inanna but by the Old Babylonian Period it had come to be specifically associated with the planet Venus.  Starting during this same time, the star of Ištar...

October 29, 2019

“Hey, René?”

“What?” His thoughts were elsewhere.

“Have you seen statues of Ištar, René? You know, out and about, at the places where you’ve gone. I remember you told me you saw my statue.”

“Oh, yeah. At the tavern in Ninevah.” He grinned. “They were obscene, pornog...

October 28, 2019

Among the numerous votive offerings thrown in the favissa together with the bowls, certainly employed for unknown ritual ceremonies, we found a hematite cylinder seal, dating probably from between 1850 and 1800 B.C., which has a special importance for the cult scene en...

October 20, 2019

Whoa, Gara! Calm down. Sorry, Marol!” Jen exclaimed, squeezing her legs together to keep her horse from backing. “It’s okay, boy,” she reassured the lean, muscular grey Arab gelding, realizing how wet his neck was when she patted him.

Agitated, Gara was not tired. Despi...

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