Oh no! What have I done! All I see are bird-like creatures. I'll never find Gilgamesh or escape and I will become one of those bird-like creatures! I should have never disobeyed the gods!
I will let her go. But Ishtar, let this be a warning to you on why you should never be prideful. But I will not let you get Gilgamesh back as a punishment for your arrogance.
Welcome to the Underworld Ishtar. I have heard you came to find Gilgamesh. However, because of your rudeness to my guard in the beginning, I have made sure you never find him. I hope you understand. Oh, by the way, have I mentioned you will never go back above again?
Meanwhile, Up Above...
The gods above noticed that the people on Earth were unhappy. They also noticed that Ishtar was gone. So they told the great god Ea, who made a being devoid of emotion. The new being was called Udushunamir and was sent to go save Ishtar. Since Udushunamir was made by Ea, he didn't have to go through the doors.
Ea, Ea, the humans are unhappy because Ishtar in the Underworld. You need to create a being that can save her.
Ok. I will create a being called Udushunamir who will be devoid of emotion and will go save her.
Stop in the name of Ea, Irkalla! Only if Ishtar is in the upper world, will there be balance. So let her go.
And with the warning, she went back through each door and gathered her belongings.
As Irkalla stepped through the last door and put the crown back on, she returned to her realm, and Udushunamir went back to Ea. All the mortals became happy again and fell back in love with each other. Everbody lived happily and Ishtar learned her lesson. She hadn't found true love yet though, so she kept trying. And she also learned her lesson to listen to the gods.
Why this qualifies as a myth: 1. Connects to beliefs and traditions of the Sumerians/Mesopotamians(like the gods) 2. Answers why you should listen to the gods. 3. Follows patterns like; women (Ishtar and Irkalla), animals (birds), heroes(Udushunamir and Ea), circles( it can because the guard kept asking for something, Ishtar asked why, he answered, so it was a cycle).