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September 20th, 2006


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03:08 pm - The Hittite World Tree
(KUB 43.62 ii 1-11, iii 2'-12'):
"The snake holds its base, while the bee holds it in the middle.

Above on its branches the eagle has perched, while below the snake has encircled its base, and in the middle the bee has turned around it.

Gulzanzipa [the fate goddess] pulls the [...] of the Storm-God. And behind him and her they dig up clay."
Look familiar to anyone else?

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From:triskele
Date:September 20th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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::doubletake:: *what* is she pulling?
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 20th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Dunno. all we have is an elipsis. . .

I suppose you'll just have to fill in the blank.

I'm sure we're all capable of doing that in a confident, mature manner.

*breaks down laughing*

Sure we are. . .
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From:triskele
Date:September 20th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I was trying to be mature, and went looking for a pic. Then I saw that the Hittites had a god named Anus... ::shakes head::

I give up.
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From:singingwren
Date:September 20th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha, I was thinking the exact same thing!
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From:edelweiss68
Date:September 20th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Heh. The Storm God's peener is in the hands of Fate. ;)

Yes, childish. Nyah.
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From:tlachtga
Date:September 20th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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And what do bees make?



Seriously, this is awesome--can you give the full source citation? What's the book's title?
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From:nontacitare
Date:September 21st, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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I notice that he has honey on his paw, but not on his lips. Perhaps he realizes his unworthiness of eating the honey, or perhaps he lacks the courage to do so, and if he'd only risk eating the world-tree honey, enlightenment would be his.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 21st, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Melchert, H. Craig. "Hittite antaka- "loins" and an Overlooked Myth about Fire". Hittite studies in honor of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. : on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Ed. Beckman, et al. Winona Lake, IN : Eisenbrauns. 2003

The source citation indicated at the beginning of the LJ entry is the same citation he gives. I don't recall there being a bibliography associated with this article, but I'll check on that.

Want a copy? It's a very short article.

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