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Hi guys! another pic I done a time ago :) this time the goddess ishtar, hope you like it :)

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Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte. Is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she "was the divine personification of the planet Venus"

Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution; her holy city Uruk was called the "town of the sacred courtesans"; and she herself was the "courtesan of the gods". Ishtar had many lovers; however, as Guirand notes,

"Woe to him whom Ishtar had honoured! The fickle goddess treated her passing lovers cruelly, and the unhappy wretches usually paid dearly for the favours heaped on them. Animals, enslaved by love, lost their native vigour: they fell into traps laid by men or were domesticated by them. 'Thou has loved the lion, mighty in strength', says the hero Gilgamesh to Ishtar, 'and thou hast dug for him seven and seven pits! Thou hast loved the steed, proud in battle, and destined him for the halter, the goad and the whip.'

Even for the gods Ishtar's love was fatal. In her youth the goddess had loved Tammuz, god of the harvest, and—if one is to believe Gilgamesh—this love caused the death of Tammuz.

Ishtar was the daughter of Sin or Anu. She was particularly worshiped at Nineveh and Arbela (Erbil). Her symbol is an eight pointed star.

One of the most famous myths about Ishtar describes her descent to the underworld. In this myth, Ishtar approaches the gates of the underworld and demands that the gatekeeper open them:

"If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living."

The gatekeeper hurried to tell Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal told the gatekeeper to let Ishtar enter, but "according to the ancient decree".

The gatekeeper lets Ishtar into the underworld, opening one gate at a time. At each gate, Ishtar has to shed one article of clothing. When she finally passes the seventh gate, she is naked. In rage, Ishtar throws herself at Ereshkigal, but Ereshkigal orders her servant Namtar to imprison Ishtar and unleash sixty diseases against her.

The Epic of Gilgamesh contains an episode involving Ishtar which portrays her as bad-tempered, petulant and spoiled by her father.

She asks the hero Gilgamesh to marry her, but he refuses, citing the fate that has befallen all her many lovers:

Listen to me while I tell the tale of your lovers. There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year. You loved the many-coloured roller, but still you struck and broke his wing [...] You have loved the lion tremendous in strength: seven pits you dug for him, and seven. You have loved the stallion magnificent in battle, and for him you decreed the whip and spur and a thong [...] You have loved the shepherd of the flock; he made meal-cake for you day after day, he killed kids for your sake. You struck and turned him into a wolf; now his own herd-boys chase him away, his own hounds worry his flanks."

Angered by Gilgamesh's refusal, Ishtar goes up to heaven and complains to her father the high god Anu that Gilgamesh has insulted her. She demands that Anu give her the Bull of Heaven. Anu points out that it was her fault for provoking Gilgamesh, but she warns that if he refuses, she will do exactly what she told the gatekeeper of the underworld she would do if he didn't let her in:

"If you refuse to give me the Bull of Heaven.I will break in the doors of hell and smash the bolts; there will be confusion of people, those above with those from the lower depths. I shall bring up the dead to eat food like the living; and the hosts of the dead will outnumber the living."

Anu gives Ishtar the Bull of Heaven, and Ishtar sends it to attack Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the Bull and offer its heart to the sun-god Shamash.
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Viper2458's avatar
What kind of weapons are those? 

And also another translation of her causing a zombie apocalypse was that after she broke down the gates of the underworld (as in the land of the dead, not just hell) the dead would simply eat the living.
Gottmagier's avatar
Better than what the Nasuverse did to her.
Viper2458's avatar
I like the outfit she had though.


Also remember that she’s possessing Rin and more than likely they think and feel exactly what the other one thinks except they won’t refer to themselves as the other occupant of their body: Rin thinks of herself as Rin and Ishtar thinks of herself as Ishtar. At the exact same moment. Essentially there’s two people in one body and all their thoughts and feelings are communal.
labX12's avatar
Looking for artists and writers for a comic book idea for kick starter also do you do commissions?
FantasyRebirth96's avatar
Oh ho gosh, how nice the way this looks~ So great without a doubt^^
ghostbusters5's avatar
Beautiful and sexy work 😍 😍😍 😍😍 😍!!! She's absolutely gorgeous!!!
Reaper1998's avatar
Goddess of love and war cool mix.
MetalGearDragon's avatar
Someone stole this and altered it: The Banshee Queen, Delyssandro by GMD-girl93
SeedOfTheSky's avatar
A different depiction of the goddess that I haven't seen before. Unique and I love all the information you put in for all your works :)
Nabu-Hoshi's avatar
This is just simply awesome....just like all of your other artworks. I always tried to create some sort of art based on the original sculpture of her, but this is far more...no, it's even impossible to compare the two designs.....

My name is also based on the Sumerian God of Knowledge, Nabu, but I sadly recognized, that you never made any artworks of him T__T 
Anyway, I love your work, and the watch is going! Keep up!
Suiyin02's avatar
She looks like a fusion of Dark Magician Girl and Harpie Lady from Yugioh!
Looks great!;) (Wink) 
EarthPhantomTS's avatar
Heh, you know, if she were to approach me, looking like this, and ask me to be her lover, I'd jump in bed with her in a heartbeat :horny:.  I don't care how crazy she is, or how sleeping with her would be signing my death warrant :love:!

But, then again, I always do let my pussy do my thinking for me ^^;.  I mean, Gilgamesh maybe made the right decision for him (basically it was between a 100% chance of death, and a 50% chance of death, in his case (he's strong enough to fight a deity with a very real chance of success, but not a deity), and he went with the 50% chance of death), but I feel like certain death would be worth getting down and dirty with a deity as awesome, sexy, and devious as Ishtar :love:!  Plus, it's not like I could survive her wrath ^^; (I know some combat magic, but I'm still just a gnat compared to a deity whose portfolio includes not only sex (the greatest force in human nature) but war), so might as well, right ;)?
ask-theangelofsouls's avatar
Dude, if anyone would want her, it's me.
xXCamper61Xx's avatar
Istar should wear Blue Chaldean Robes
EarthPhantomTS's avatar
Yeah, that's true, but I can chalk her unusual outfit up to "artistic license".  He drew Bahamut and Tiamat as dragons, after all.  Also, I personally say this outfit works just fine.
xXCamper61Xx's avatar
I didn't say I wasn't kosher with it, but I just am speaking from historical context
Oobemu's avatar
SOMEBODY really wants to get locked up. Yeah, I'm talking to you, you rapist!
EarthPhantomTS's avatar
Did you...post this on the wrong pic or something?  How exactly does "drawing sexy women of myth" = "wannabe rapist"?  Seriously, how?!
FadiB's avatar
Do you get commissioned to produce these pieces? Im in interested in having something painted
tomytieneblas74's avatar
So Dazzilin' Dark ! :love:
Deveneta's avatar
Magnific...how many time you need to creat a drawing like this ?
AWB2012's avatar
WOMAN & HER PRIDE, GO FIGURE.
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