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The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld (1.108)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Myths


The Akkadian story is first attested in Late Bronze Age texts, in both Babylonia and Assyria, and later from the palace library at Nineveh. It is a short composition of some 140 lines, and seems to end with ritual instructions for the taklimtu, an annual ritual known from Assyrian texts, which took place in the month of Dumuzi (Tammuz = June/July) and…

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Dalley, Stephanie, “The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld (1.108)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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