Ritualization at Ebla *

Ritualization at Ebla * Abstract Through ritualization mankind satisfies some of its most profound needs. In 3rd millennium BC Ebla, ritual strategies for survival took a cyclical pattern according to the alternation of the seasons. The major gods were objects of a yearly renewal. The ritual concerning the royal wedding epitomized survival through generations. The royal couple sat on “the thrones of their fathers” in the mausoleum: a ritual which consecrated “a new king, a new queen”. Every year this rite was commemorated on the same month in the same place. The canonical celebrations in the main sanctuaries in the core of the kingdom, organized according to months, ritualized the territory of Ebla itself. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions Brill

Ritualization at Ebla *

Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Volume 13 (2): 212 – Jan 1, 2013

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1569-2116
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1569-2124
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10.1163/15692124-12341253
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Abstract

Abstract Through ritualization mankind satisfies some of its most profound needs. In 3rd millennium BC Ebla, ritual strategies for survival took a cyclical pattern according to the alternation of the seasons. The major gods were objects of a yearly renewal. The ritual concerning the royal wedding epitomized survival through generations. The royal couple sat on “the thrones of their fathers” in the mausoleum: a ritual which consecrated “a new king, a new queen”. Every year this rite was commemorated on the same month in the same place. The canonical celebrations in the main sanctuaries in the core of the kingdom, organized according to months, ritualized the territory of Ebla itself.

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Journal of Ancient Near Eastern ReligionsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Ebla; ritualization; renewal; Storm-god

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