Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Offerings to a bed

Some Mesopotamian lesser DINGIRS (e. g., cult objects co-identified with the greater deity whose cult they serve in) were occasionally treated as gods in their own right; that is, they were the object of rituals and presented with offerings. Literature documents the presentation of offerings to objects as diverse as chariots, instruments, weapons, and beds. In one Assyrian letter, an official documents the transport of a bed (presumably intended as a gift to a great god) and indicates that offerings were made to it directly: There is no suggestion that it was the divine owner of the bed whose wrath the king and his officials actually feared; it is the bed itself that is solicitously escorted and placated with its own offerings. Its presumed divine owner is never mentioned.— The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest, 111–12

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Hang onto that thought until tomorrow. They are going somewhere with this…
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