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  The Devolution of the Goddess

Anthropomorphic Inanna

Inana/Ištar (goddess) A lengthy description of Inanna (conflated with Ishtar) can be found in the Ancient Mesopotaamian Gods and Goddesses section of the ORACC web site from the University of Pennsylvania. "Inana (Sumerian)/Ištar (Akkadian) is among the most important deities and the most important goddess in the Mesopotamian pantheon. She is primarily known as the goddess of sexual love but is equally prominent as the goddess of warfare..." Read more.

Apollo "People in all cultures have attributed human characteristics to deities, often including jealousy, pride, and love. Even deities with an animal form, or with no physical form at all, are thought to understand prayer and other symbolic communication. The earliest known commentator on anthropomorphism, the Greek poet and religious thinker Xenophanes (c. 560–c. 478 bce), criticized the tendency to conceive of the gods in human terms, and later theologians have sought to reduce anthropomorphism in religion. Most contemporary theologians, however, concede that anthropomorphism cannot be eliminated without eliminating religion itself, because objects of religious devotion must have features to which humans can relate. For example, language, widely considered a human characteristic, must also be present in deities if humans are to pray to them." Anthropomorphism by Stewart E. Guthrie (Encyclopaedia Britannica).

The Encyclopaedia Britannica web site provides a helpful description of anthropomorphism and its use in religion. Read the article...