Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
I had to do a post on Ishtar, only because I posted about the movie in my A-Z Challenge back in 2013. So now, I'd like to introduce you to the Babylonian god, Ishtar.
Ishtar is the goddess of war, love, fertility, and...sex. Overall, she was considered a maternal goddess who
protected marriage and motherhood. That's the nice side of her. Like many gods, she had a dark side, and that's where the war and storms came to play.
One of her epic stories is about how she was cast into the underworld. It all started with an innocent visit to the underworld, since Ishtar's sister ruled that very-not-so-place. To get to the underworld, she had to pass seven gates. At each gate, Ishtar was stripped of her goddess powers. So by the time she arrived in the underworld, her sister was waiting for her and killed her.
Another god, Enki, found out about Ishtar's death, so he went off to rescue her. Ishtar was brought back to life, but Enki had to replace her body with another. Ishtar decided to sacrifice her husband to the underworld.
Doesn't it seem like many of these gods and goddesses are jerks?