from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The goddess of love and fertility and war; also called Ishtar; the counterpart of Ashtoreth and Astarte.

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  • n. Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility and war; counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte


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  • Thus at Babylon every woman, whether rich or poor, had once in her life to submit to the embraces of a stranger at the temple of Mylitta, that is, of Ishtar or Astarte, and to dedicate to the goddess the wages earned by this sanctified harlotry.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • The Babylonians worshipped Ashtoreth as Mylitta, that is, generative.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • In another phase she was Venus Mylitta = the Procreatrix, in Chaldaic

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ZARRELLA: Mylitta knows hers is an extreme situation.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2008

  • ZARRELLA: Mylitta now needs a sitter in the mornings to care for Joseph until his bus comes to pick him up.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2008

  • What has always seemed to me decent and edifying in Herodotus is the fine religious custom established in Babylon of which we have already spoken — that of all the married women going to prostitute themselves in the temple of Mylitta for money, to the first stranger who presented himself.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Persian sovereigns of Babylon, all the women of the immense city were obliged to go once in their lives to the temple of Mylitta, a goddess who was thought to be the same as Aphrodite, or Venus, in order to prostitute themselves to strangers, and that the law commanded them to receive money as a sacred tribute, which was paid over to the priesthood of the goddess.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Ishtar, Belit, Mylitta, Aphrodite, and the rest . . . the Goddess is within you and flows through and around you . . . in all things.

    Life of Brian:

  • One might go so far as to say that its value is purely conventional, when one sees from Thomasius how in all ages and countries, up to the time of the Reformation, irregularities were permitted and recognized by law, with no derogation to female honor, — not to speak of the temple of Mylitta at

    The Wisdom of Life

  • Here when a woman takes her seat she does not depart again to her house until one of the strangers has thrown a silver coin into her lap and has had commerce with her outside the temple, and after throwing it he must say these words only: “I demand thee in the name of the goddess Mylitta”: 222 now Mylitta is the name given by the

    The History of Herodotus


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