An Afternoon with the Goddess Ishtar
The great goddess of the ancient Near East—a life-force and a deity of fertility and intimate communion—goes by many names, according to the different cultural contexts in which she appears: Inanna of Sumer, Ishtar of Babylonia, and Astarte of Aramaean texts, and is related to Asherah of Ugaritic writings and the Hebrew scriptures. In this afternoon seminar, read and discuss Sumerian and Babylonian poems and hymns to the goddess, while comparing them to the Bible’s Song of Songs. Also, examine the sacred marriage rite involving the goddess and the kings of Sumer and Babylon.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of the great goddess of the ancient Near East—a life-force and a deity of fertility and intimate communion
- Familiarity with Sumerian and Babylonian poems and hymns to the goddess, Ishtar, including parallels to the Bible’s Song of Songs
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between