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The Goddess Inanna. The Sumerian Great Queen or Lady of Heaven (Ninanna) is known to us mainly from the Gilgamesh epic. Also known as Innin, she has subsequently given rise to the Semitic Ishtar. Inanna/Ishtar was, without doubt, the most venerated and influential among all Near-Eastern deities.

18 Seals of the mother goddess Inanna - from Sumerian culture. Note the Queen of the Night relief (see below) in the second row. The Semitic goddess Ishtar is a cognate of the earlier Sumerian goddess Innana