Dressing Up for the Gods: Ceremonial Garments in Hittite Cultic Festivals according to the Philological and Archaeological Evidence


Mouton A., Erbil Y.

JOURNAL OF ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN RELIGIONS, cilt.20, sa.1, ss.48-86, 2020 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 20 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1163/15692124-12341312
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN RELIGIONS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.48-86

Özet

Through the combined study of Hittite cuneiform texts and the iconography of Hittite relief vases (Anatolia of the second half of the second millennium BCE), this paper addresses the ceremonial garments of key participants in cultic ceremonies, namely the royal couple, priests and priestesses, as well as festival entertainers. The paper also discusses a particular gesture which is frequently mentioned in Hittite religious texts: the act consisting of seizing someone else's seknu-garment. We argue that such a gesture might be related to the purity rules regarding the Great King's body. Throughout this paper, several correspondences between the iconography and the textual evidence are also suggested.