Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and by Nicole Brisch

By Nicole Brisch

This quantity represents a suite of contributions offered in the course of the 3rd Annual college of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar, faith and gear: Divine Kingship within the old global and past, held on the Oriental Institute, February 23-24, 2007. the aim of this convention was once to ascertain extra heavily ideas of kingship in a number of areas of the realm and in several time sessions. The learn of kingship is going again to the roots of fields akin to anthropology and non secular reports, in addition to Assyriology and close to jap archaeology. extra lately, a number of meetings were hung on kingship, drawing on cross-cultural comparisons. but the query of the divinity of the the king as god hasn't ever sooner than been tested in the framework of a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary convention. a few of the fresh anthropological literature on kingship relegates this question of kings who deified themselves to the heritage or voices severe misgivings in regards to the usefulness of the excellence among divine and sacred kings. a number of individuals to this quantity have mentioned the Western, Judeo-Christian heritage of our different types of the human and the divine. besides the fact that, instead of forsaking the time period divine kingship as a result of its loaded historical past it truly is extra effective to check the idea that of divine kingship extra heavily from a brand new point of view so one can alter our realizing of this time period and the phenomena linked to it.

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It is the horned crown as a marker of divinity, or rather a divine attribute. First attested in the Early Dynastic II period, the horned crown shows in its earliest attestations a pictographic insertion of some vegetable symbols, perhaps ears of barley, and a kind of bull’s mask depicted between the en face-turned horns of the crown. The horned crown therefore symbolizes the vigor of life and reproduction and links the concept of divinity specifically to agriculture and cattle breeding. Accordingly, it relates the depicted deities to the animal and vegetal forces of life.

Winter. Westenholz, Joan Goodnick 1997 Legends of the Kings of Akkade: The Texts. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. ” Reallexikon der Assyriologie 7: 117–31. edu 2. The Divine Prototypes 2007 Winter, J. -R. Erkens, pp. 63–83. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag. ” In Das geistige Erfassen der Welt im Alten Orient: Sprache, Religion, Kultur und Gesellschaft, edited by C. Wilcke, pp. 209–44. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ” Journal of Ritual Studies 6/1: 13–42. edu 3. Mortal Kings of Ur 33 3 THE MORTAL KINGS OF UR: A SHORT CENTURY OF DIVINE RULE IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA PIOTR MICHALOWSKI, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Assyriologists are at a disadvantage whenever the subject of divine kingship comes up.

Following Gudea Statue C, his god Nin-Ñiåzida-k follows the bridewealth that Nin-Ñirsu-k brings to his divine consort Baba, much in the same way as Gudea might have done in an actual ritual performance. The following passages corroborate this interpretation. , Gudea’s) god is Nin-Ñiåzida-k, the grandson of An; your mother goddess is Ninsuna-k, the mother giv43 See my article for a reconstruction of the Mesopotamian concept of personal identities (2003a). As noted there, my argumentation shows parallels to earlier ideas of Winter, published in a highly stimulating 1992 article.

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