King Ashurnasirpal l l (883-856 BC) Assyrian, about 865-860 BC From Nimrud, Temple of Ishtar Sharrat-niphi . This statue, which is on its original pedestal of reddish stone, was placed in the Temple of Ishtar to remind the goddess of the king's devotion .
This 15-ton lion symbolised Ishtar, the Assyrian goddess of war, and guarded the entrance to her temple. The cuneiform inscription gives the name of the temple's builder, Ashurnasirpal l l (883-856 BC) . The lion is one of a pair excavated by Austen Henry Layard in 1850. A second, fragmentary pair was found by Iraqi archaeologists in 2001.
Neolithic Mother Goddess
The Venus of Willendorf, a stone figurine of a ferility goddess found at Willendorf in Austria, dates from the neolithic period. The breasts and belly are deliberately exaggerated in this representation of the great mother goddess.
Sumerian statue of the goddess Ishtar
Ishtar, Goddess of Love
The goddess Ishtar (or manna) was the mistress of heaven, a powerful goddess of both love and war. Her first consort was her brother Tammuz . When Tammuz died, Ishtar descended to the underworld to wrest the power of life and death from her sister, the dread Ereshkigal. Leaving her servant Papsukal with orders to rescue her if she did not return, Ishtar descended into the dark land. She started full of bold defiance, shouting at the gatekeeper to open it up before she smashed it down. But at each of seven doors she was stripped of items of her clothing, and with it her power, until she came naked and defenseless before Ereshkigal, who killed her and hung her body on a nail. With her death, the whole world began to wither. But faithful Papsukal went to the gods, and asked them to create a being to venture into the land of death and revive Ishtar with the food and water oflife. So Ishtar was brought back to life, but she had to pay a price. For six months of each year, Tammuz must live in the land of the dead. While he is there, Ishtar laments his loss; when he rises in the spring, all rejoice.
Aphrodite, Goddess From The East
The worship of Aphrodite emanated from the island of Cyprus, was culturally influenced from the Near East. She is related to the goddess Ishtar. Her love for Adonis echoes that of Ishtar and Tammuz, and the existence of temple prostitutes in her temple in Corinth reflects the custom in the temples of Ishtar. Herodotus points out that the Babylonian custom of every woman prostituting herself once in the temple of the goddess was also to be found in Cyprus .
Tammuz, The Eastern Adonis
Adonis is the Phoenician word for "lord" and the story of Adonis' death and resurrection reflects aspects of the Near-eastern god Tammuz. Tammuz was the spouse of the goddess Ishtar, who descended to the underworld to rescue him from death. He is essentially a fertility god, associated with the miracle of the harvest. His death and rebrith were celebrated each spring and autumn and the miracle of the spectacle of women weeping for Tammuz is mentioned in the Bible (Ezekiel 8:14). Like Adonis, he was killed by a boar and while he is in the underworld all vegetation withers. The Sumerian "Innanna's Journey to Hell" is an early version of Ishtar and Tammuz, under the names Innanna and Dumuzi, and records an early song for the lost god : " Who is your sister? I am she. Who is your mother? I am she. Day dawns the same for you and me. This is the same day we shall see"
Ishtar Fertility Goddess
Mystic Egg of Astarte
Sacred Egg of Heliopolis,
and Typhon's Egg
Image of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus.
A resemblance to earlier depictions of Isis with her Horus, who was said to be conceived by magical means.
This image of Isis is associated with the dog star Sirius and one of her symbols is the moon; her name means seat of throne.
Easter Sunday or Ishtar Pagan Day
-THE GREATER ABOMINATION-
ARE WE REALLY CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
OR OF EASTER, THE FERTILITY GODDESS OF BABYLON?
Are we really celebrating the resurrection of Christ or of Easter, the fertility goddess of Babylon? Did the goddess Easter resurrect from the underground on the Spring Equinox? The pagan worshippers believed she did and worship her every year in the spring with orgies, rabbits and eggs. Constantine was so anti-Semitic that he forced the Christians to change the name of the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ from "The Feast of First Fruits" Leviticus 23, to Easter. He changed the name to the pagan God Ishtar or Easter. The true Christians never allowed it to change. Even our "puritans" who came to America would not celebrate Easter or Christmas.
The story goes that Easter's son goes to the under world and cannot get back up so she has to go down their to get Him. Easter resurrects back up in the spring. Supposedly Tammuz, her son, is born at Christmas, and dies at Halloween. All the witchcraft books tell the story and give all the pagan holidays which look just like the Christian holidays.
Repent for your ignornance, like I had to, and help stop this abomination. In Ezekiel 8:14 that woman crying for Tammuz is Easter. When I was in London recently, I went to the museum and there were Easter obelisks from Nineveh. The actual ones and her lions from her temple. I was shocked, but not as shocked as I was to find out that the church today calls the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ after Easter, who is the Queen of Heaven and the woman who rides the beast of Revelation.
.....Out of this practice came many other variations of these pagan festivals until the Roman Catholic Church adopted the Asherah worship and named it EASTER around 155 A.D. According to the CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, Easter was named after a pagan goddess of the Anglo-Saxons named Eostre, the goddess of the dawn . .............
Website "Temple" for Ishtar - with a website Altar - Temple of Astarte - Astarte is also known as Astarat and Astoreth. She is an incarnation of Ishtar and Inanna. This Semitic Goddess was worshipped by the Syrians, Palestinians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and other Semitic Tribes. King Solomon built a Temple to Her as Astoreth, near Jerusalem.
......The Egg is a sacred symbol of Astarte......
......The Knot of Inanna often appears as the top of a tall pole. This symbol of the Goddess's authority was probably the original archetype of the much later crosier, which is carried by christian bishops and abbots.