the magnificent Ishtar gate
Ishtar gate lion
A shop assistant in my local grocery store wished me “Schöne Ostertage” (happy Easter days) but what I heard was the name of the goddess Astarte, which is a counterpart of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. I found myself thinking of her today. Some scholars speculate her name is at the root of our Easter, but as far as I know this has not been proven beyond doubt.
I found two fascinating links today that I want to share.
A link to a great post by a fellow blogger that I stumbled upon just today.