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Inanna . . . is regarded as a daughter of the sky-god "An," but also of the moon-god "Nanna". A variation of her name is Ninnanna, which means 'Queen of Heaven'. She is also called Ninsianna as the personification of the planet Venus.

Inanna is portrayed as a fickle person who first attracts men and then rejects them. She is depicted as richly dressed goddess or as a naked woman. Her symbol is the eight-pointed star. Important sanctuaries of Inanna were in Uruk, Zabalam, and Babylon.

The Akkadians called her Ishtar (Easter).

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