Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, sex, fertility, and war. Her warlike self rides a chariot drawn by twin lions. When not waging war, she is off harrowing Hell and subjugating beings as various as destriers, lions, men, and gods using only her feminine charms. Priestesses of Ishtar were known to practice sacred prostitution. Their couplings symbolized the union between Ishtar and Tammuz, god of the harvest, and helped to guarantee the fertility of the earth.