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Ishtar isn't Akkadian
I don't know if it was my mistake or whose, but Ishtar isn't akkadian. Besides in some parts being called Innin, and at times Nannaya, Inanna pretty much stayed as Inanna until the OldBabylonian period. For example, if you read Enheduana's hymns, they're to Inanna and not Ishtar. Inanna was merged with Ishtar later on. Abdishtar (talk) 17:29, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
Enheduanna's hymns at ETCSL is one source: http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=c.4.07*&charenc=j#
And in the Babylonian texts the name Ininn/Inanna is replaced by Ishtar, for example the babylonian hymns: http://books.google.com/books?id=IigBAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA160&dq=ishtar+raising+of+the+hand&lr=&as_brr=3&cd=1#v=onepage&q=ishtar%20raising%20of%20the%20hand&f=false
(often they were written in akkadian, but they themselves weren't akkadian, so I can see where the confusion comes in. Akkadian was used like Latin, as a language for literature, though Ishtar herself wasn't akkadian)
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Sources and the Sumerians
Sumerology as an independent field of study is relatively young compared to Egyptology and Assyriology. Because of this, and the historical interrelationships between Assyrian, Babylonian, Akkadian and Sumerian mythologies, examination of sources is very important to determine which mythology a given source is referring to. Many sources refer to Babylonian, Akkadian or even Assyrian texts as Sumerian texts. It is important to note that sources older than the ninteen-forties might be void of any information related to the Sumerians even if they use the name "Sumerians" to describe their subject. Many sources, especially from the late 1800's and early 1900's, contain information now deemed inaccurate, biased or even racist.
No sources should be dismissed outright because of age or authorship; but as objective students of history we must give our sources careful scrutiny.
This outdated source seems to offer no actual textual support. The oldest societies tended to deify cosmic and terrestrial forces, not have vague supreme beings that were later "polluted" by polytheism.NJMauthor (talk) 21:42, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
On Ki being the goddess of the earth at Esagila
Is the "at the Esagila" temple part necessary? I mean, Ki in general is 'earth' in sumerian, and in all sumerian and in some akkadian texts, she is the goddess of earth, not just at Esagila. As for the citation being needed, I added a link to the sumerian language page (or at least I am as soon as I am done here). But couldn't we just get rid of the "at the Esagila" part? Abdishtar (talk) 22:48, 4 February 2010 (UTC) 17:04 27 January 2010 —Preceding undated comment added 22:05, 27 January 2010 (UTC).
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