The Goddess Inanna. The Sumerian Great Queen or Lady of Heaven (Ninanna) is known to us mainly from the Gilgamesh epic. Also known as Innin, she has subsequently given rise to the Semitic Ishtar. Inanna/Ishtar was, without doubt, the most venerated and influential among all Near-Eastern deities.
Inanna ~ In the old tellings of the gods, Inanna is best known for her journey into the darkness of the underworld to find the light, to find herself and to seek truth and rebirth. Indeed she did find these things but not without personal hardships and sacrifice, a true tenet of many spiritual paths. She gave up everything she knew in order to transcend, to be reborn again as a great and powerful goddess.
Inanna ( Sumerian: Inanna; Akkadian: Ištar) was the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, and goddess of the E-Anna temple at the city of Uruk, her main centre. As early as the Uruk period, she was associated with the city of Uruk where stood her greatest shrine, the House of Heaven.