Pigs at the Gate: Hittite Pig Sacrifice in its Eastern Mediterranean Context

Pigs at the Gate: Hittite Pig Sacrifice in its Eastern Mediterranean Context © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 JANER 6 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I presented an early version of this article in 1996 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and I must thank Gary M. Beckman, H. Craig Melchert and Harry A. Ho ff ner, Jr. for o ff ering very helpful comments at that time. I owe special thanks to Sarah Morris for taking an active interest in my work on pigs and encouraging me to look ever deeper into the Greek world of pig sacri fi ce. Finally, I extend my thanks to Ian Rutherford for organizing the Langford Symposium in 2005 and for including me among the list of speakers. PIGS AT THE GATE: HITTITE PIG SACRIFICE IN ITS EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CONTEXT BILLIE JEAN COLLINS Abstract The consumption of pork in Hittite Anatolia is unlikely to have been a simple matter of geography or ethnicity, but was governed by a complex set of principles involving determiners like status, gender, and the level of cultic in fl uence from religious sanctuaries. On the few occasions that the Hittite texts refer directly to eating pork, the context is highly ritualized, suggesting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions Brill

Pigs at the Gate: Hittite Pig Sacrifice in its Eastern Mediterranean Context

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 JANER 6 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I presented an early version of this article in 1996 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and I must thank Gary M. Beckman, H. Craig Melchert and Harry A. Ho ff ner, Jr. for o ff ering very helpful comments at that time. I owe special thanks to Sarah Morris for taking an active interest in my work on pigs and encouraging me to look ever deeper into the Greek world of pig sacri fi ce. Finally, I extend my thanks to Ian Rutherford for organizing the Langford Symposium in 2005 and for including me among the list of speakers. PIGS AT THE GATE: HITTITE PIG SACRIFICE IN ITS EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CONTEXT BILLIE JEAN COLLINS Abstract The consumption of pork in Hittite Anatolia is unlikely to have been a simple matter of geography or ethnicity, but was governed by a complex set of principles involving determiners like status, gender, and the level of cultic in fl uence from religious sanctuaries. On the few occasions that the Hittite texts refer directly to eating pork, the context is highly ritualized, suggesting

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Published: Jan 1, 2006

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