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Akkadian goddess of destiny, consort of Bel, and mother of the moon god, Sin. Her Sumerian counterpart was Ninlil. Assyrians sometimes identified her with Ishtar. Ninlil was a grain goddess, and the story of her rape by Enlil, the Lord of the Wind, reflects the seasonal cycle of pollination, ripening, and withering.
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