Song of Ishtar – Descent to the Goddess
Me the woman he has filled with dismay
Has filled me the queen of heaven
I, the woman who circles the land-
Tell me where is my house,
Tell me where is the city in which I may live…
I, who am your daughter…The heirodule,
who am your bridesmaid
Tell me where is my house…The bird has its nesting place
But I – my young are dispersed
The fish lies in calm waters,
but I – my resting place exists not,
The dog kneels at the threshold, But I – I have no threshold…
– Ancient Anon.
Eventually statues of Ishtar, mesopotamian goddess, along with other pagan goddesses, would be taken from her grottos and replaced with statues of the Virgin Mary. The ramifications for women would be nothing less than catastrophic.