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Who is Ishtar? Mesopotamian goddess – West Asian religion

By |2018-04-15T12:09:53+00:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar or Inanna Ishtar (also called Inanna) was an important goddess of West Asia. Beginning at least by 3000 BC she was worshipped by the Sumerians, and by the Akkadians, and theBabylonians, and the Assyrians. Like most other female goddesses, Ishtar was a fertility goddess, but Ishtar was fiercer and more powerful than the Greek goddesses like Athena or Aphrodite. According [...]

Shepherd story – Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia

By |2018-04-15T12:12:56+00:00September 15th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Shepherd on a cylinder seal (Berlin Museum) When the Sumerian king Gilgamesh refused to fall in love with the goddess Ishtar, he gave her a lot of reasons why not, and he was pretty nasty about it. One of the reasons Gilgamesh gave Ishtar was that she treated all her lovers badly. For example, once she [...]

Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamian writing

By |2018-04-13T01:43:06+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

Epic of Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu fight the monster Humbaba, on an Assyrian cylinder seal from the 600s BC The real king Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story about a Sumerian king (Gilgamesh) who seems to have lived around 2500 BC, in Mesopotamia. Story-tellers probably began telling this story not long after he [...]

Noah’s Ark – Bible stories – Judaism

By |2018-04-24T23:17:57+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The rain falling on the drowning people/ Noah lets go a dove to see if the waters have gone down/ He sends out the dove again/He lets the animals off the boat/ He sacrifices to God on an altar (Mosaic from St. Marks, Venice, 1200s AD) Book of Genesis According to the Book [...]

Tower of Babel – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T17:17:39+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Breughel's medieval painting of the Tower of Babel According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after the Flood people again began to get wicked. Then they had an awful idea. They wanted to build a tower that would go all the way up to Heaven. They wanted to be famous. These people called [...]

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T16:38:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. The Bible says this is because God told them to. Also, this was a bad time in Mesopotamia, [...]