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Ishtar and her son Tammuz As the goddess

Ishtar and her son Tammuz
As the goddess of love and fertility, Ishtar’s symbols were—you guessed it—eggs and rabbits! Rabbits can bear several litters of young each year and thus were highly fertile animals familiar to these ancient people. Worshipping Ishtar during an annual spring festival was intended to ask her blessing of fertility on the crops being planted at that time of year. Decorating eggs as a means of worship seems harmless until you consider that the people also practiced ritual sex acts, often with temple prostitutes, to honor the goddess ( Nelson’s New Illustrated Dictionary , p. 509, “Gods, Pagan”). http://ow.ly/i/2SaVu

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