Inanna [a] is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, war, justice and political power. She was originally worshiped in Sumer under the name "Inanna", and was later worshipped by the Akkadians , Babylonians , and Assyrians under the name Ishtar. She was associated with the planet Venus and her most prominent symbols included the lion and the eight-pointed star. Her husband was the god Dumuzid later known as Tammuz and her sukkal , or personal attendant, was the goddess Ninshubur who later became the male deity Papsukkal. Inanna was worshiped in Sumer at least as early as the Uruk period c. During the post-Sargonic era, she became one of the most widely venerated deities in the Sumerian pantheon,   with temples across Mesopotamia.
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Sacred prostitution - Wikipedia
Sacred prostitution , temple prostitution , cult prostitution ,  and religious prostitution are general terms for a rite consisting of paid intercourse performed in the context of religious worship , possibly as a form of fertility rite or divine marriage hieros gamos. Scholars prefer the terms " sacred sex " or "sacred sexual rites" in cases where payment for services is not involved. The historicity of literal sacred prostitution, particularly in some places and periods, is a controversial topic within the academic world. Outside academic debate, sacred prostitution has been adopted as a sign of distinction by sex workers , modern pagans and practitioners of sex magic.
4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality
Cuneiform tablets recorded erotic poetry. I just find one instance of nam-ki-aga2, the abstract noun 'love'. For incest with his own mother, both were burned to death; with a stepmother, the man was disinherited; with a daughter, the man was exiled; with a daughter-in-law, he was drowned; with a son's betrothed, he was fined. A wife who for her lover's sake procured her husband's death was gibbeted.
Louise Pryke does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In our sexual histories series , authors explore changing sexual mores from antiquity to today. Sexuality was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia, an area of the Ancient Near East often described as the cradle of western civilisation roughly corresponding to modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey. It was not only so for everyday humans but for kings and even deities.