The ancients believe their goddess Ištar

 has come to earth when modern-day veterinarian Katie Reynolds is blown back in time and appears in the goddess's temple. 

Ištar, a voluptuous winged goddess with lions on either side and an eight-pointed star above, ruled the Cradle of Civilization for thousands of years

 

Broken and bleeding, Katie is found unconscious inside a Mesopotamian temple three-thousand years ago. Wrapped in a mysterious blue plastic tarp and wearing an out-of-this-world blue vinyl United Nations jacket with white lettering and white plastic zipper, the ancients are even more astounded when they find a holy thing has been expelled from Ishtar's womb. It is Katie's birth control device from the 21st century. This foreign object can only be a talisman, sent to protect the goddess on her earthly journey.

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Katie Reynolds, a young veterinary doctor from California, and her colleague René were sent to war-torn Kurdistan to find a disease spreading from animals to people. Unexpectedly caught in a firestorm, she is blown back to the ancient Middle East, where she has only her intelligence to keep her alive in the extraordinary and archaic time of the Egyptian Pharaohs.

Who is Ishtar?

Following a lengthy convalescence in a primitive and foreign place, it takes Katie a while to realize she has been cast into a very ancient time. Luckily she finds two things to help her maintain a grip on her sanity; these ancients believe she is a goddess who has come to earth and treat her accordingly, and she is thrilled when she discovers René, her twentieth-century colleague, miraculously passed through the same time portal she did during the firestorm.

René’s Night Out, Ch 29 of The Inconvenient Goddess

Katie's real acceptance as Ištar could not begin until she came to understand the ancients truly believed she was their divine Goddess sent from heaven. They took her earthly appearance in stride. The priests left meals for their deities three times a day so they would protect them. It was natural to assume a Goddess visiting earth would take on the form of a woman.

Nefertiti's Palace: Chapter 15, The Inconvenient Goddess
But no previous god had ever deigned to walk among men. When Katie’s accident cast her inside the ancient temple in Lalish, the head priest immediately felt this was divine intervention. Wise enough to see how this could work to his advantage, he championed the goddess in human form.
Queen Yuni and Dastur: Chapter 11, The Inconvenient Goddess
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