Was Ishtar also Lillith?

In the London;s British Museum there exists a carving of unknown antiquity. It was acquired from a dealer in looted archaeology artifacts back in 1924. The purchaser made no inquiries as to which site it had come from. Various efforts to date it precisely have pretty much failed. It is believed traces of a red paint that once covered the carving are at least 1,500 years old. It is most probable the carving dates to the early Mesopotamian era around the time of Sargon, or even earlier..

Pre WW2 efforts to sell the carving to the British Museum were not successful and eventually a man named Burney purchased it. Since then it has been called the Burney Relief. The carving bounced around awhile before finally being purchased after all by the British Museum in 2003 for a half million Euro dollars.

Scholars agree that Inanna, the daughter of the Anunnakai known as Enki, was merged in the time of Sargon with a contemporary known as Ishtar. King Sargon maintained they were both the same individual. This would of course tie into Dr. Stitchin's translations of things allegedly related to humans by Enki found on earlier tablets from Sumer, especially as pertaining to Mardok's attacks on the Bakar Valley and elsewhere.

Ancient paleolithic (approximately 20,000 B.C.) symbols of an ancient bird goddess usually depict owls (later associated in Greek tales with Aphrodite). The Burney carving is unique in several ways. First of all the ancient god carvings, this female humanoid is the only one pictured in the nude. Her image is found on only two other known carvings, none surviving with as much detail, but found and documented during digs of ancient sites.

The Sumer word for owl is Ninna. In Sumer tablets Inanna is also called Nin-ninna (translation: divine owl lady). "The ancient texts also give the Akkadian word kilili for Nin-ninna, and this name was one shared by Innana and Ishtar."

A scholar, Rafael Patai, speculated in 1990 that possibly kilili is the original derivation of Lilith, who, much later, in biblical times, is called 'night-owl or screech-owl'. In the Sumerian poem Gilgamesh and the Huluppu Tree, a she-demon named Lilith built her house in the Huluppu tree on the banks of the Euphrates before being routed by Gilgamesh.

The similarity of the female pictured in the carving to what the later Greek civilization called an Houri is also noted by many. Another factor contributing to uniqueness is the mix of artist styles in the carving. The owls are stylistic depictions similar to those found in the area. But the woman is much more detailed and obviously a model participated in the effort. Her horned head piece is typical of those shown as being worn by those the early Sumer people called Anunnakai (Translation: visitors from the sky).

To me unquestionably this is a carving of Inanna. I can also accept King Sargon's contention Inanna and Ishtar were just two different names of the same entity. However the connection between the Goddess Ishtar and the much later Hebrew and Biblical era Lillith is new to me. What do you think?

For more about the Burney Relief

British Museum: Queen of the Night (aka, The Burney Relief)

Comments (9)

Noting also today on an Egyptologist website a belief that Ishtar was also an earlier name for she who became known as Issis.

This link may help to understand the various names of goddesses of all cultures.
Many refer to the same pantheon just different cultures naming their gods and goddesses
as they understood them in their language.
Even the bible speaks of a plural deity Elohim in Hebrew. The relief shown of Ishtar or Lilith Innana are one and the same depending which culture one was raised in.
Much like the Gods Ea of Sumer- Ra - of Egypt Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl of Mexico they were the top gods of the various cultures as they understood them in their language.
Only the Judaea- Christian decided they needed only one god to keep it simple.
I concur. Since n pto one alive in the past 400+ years knows how the cuneiform of the different names of gods and goddesses were pronounced, it is also possible that although they were spelt differently by different written languages, the different names may have sounded similar.

So potentially all the same individual depicted in the carving..

Possibly others I haven't identified yet.

The rod and circle in Innar's hands are probably what were called 'mes' in Sumer. Innar obtained some mes from her father Enki before setting out on her journeys. Sumer tablets indicate some of the mes were actual items while others were concepts, such as freedom, agriculture, etc. Whatever, it is also probable the Ankh the gods and goddesses carried when adopted by the later Egyptian civilization were what the Egyptians thought a mes should look like.

I find the 'dew claws' in her calves to be interesting. They are in the wrong position for use as dew claws during a mating.or a fight. I am sure whoever the sculptors of the era were, they had plenty of real world birds and mammals to look at and had to know their placement of the secondary claws would be wrong, but they put them there anyway.
Yes, quite interesting.. the other name is Astarta.. Easter actually came out of celebrating Ishtar, goddess of love and fertility.. am very interested in finding out the real truth of our origins..thumbs up
I strongly suggest reading some of the translation work done by Z Stitchin, then taking a hard look at recent paleo-anthropology finds and research into mitochondrial DNA research. Noting also that although human (i.e., homo sapiens) remains 200,000 years old have been found.the coming of the great ice age 35,000 years ago buried much of the Earth under more than a mile of ice and coincidentally crushing and obliterating any trace of what had happened before the ice melted 15,000 years ago.

All of what is taught in schools today of human history begins with the time of the melting of the ice and the 're-discovery' of Bronze and smelting. We are to believe that for the first 185,000 years of human history folks sat around with their thumb up their rectum and did nothing at all. Sadly, if you want to find something from those days for the most part you have to dig through soil at least 90 feet deep and until fairly recently archaeologists didn't bother to go much more than 10 - 12 feet deep.
The Sitchin series such as the 12 planet is a good place to start then Lost Realms associated with the Mayan and Aztecs Genesis revisited, The wars of Gods and men. Then once you start reading them keep the holy bible at hand to give it more meaning. At least these books give the Bible better meaning. There are many references in the old testament that Zechariah Sitchin refers to cuneiform and the tales of creation.
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