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Astarte was the Goddess of Byblos, from which our word for "bible" originated. She was known as the Star, the Moon, the Heavenly Virgin, Queen of the Stars and the Queen of the Heaven. Some of her other names were Tanit, Ishtar ("the star"), Astroarche ("Queen of the Stars") and Attar-Samayin ("Morning Star of Heaven"). The Israelites burned incense, offered wine and baked cakes in her honor. Her great shrines were at Byblos and Aphaca (known today as Afka). King Solomon built a sanctuary to her in Jerusalem. Her priestesses were famous astrologers.

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