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Who is Tammuz? Mesopotamia – West Asian religion

By | 2017-09-15T21:06:15+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Tammuz (probably) with grain growing from his shoulders Tammuz (or Dumuzi) was a West Asian god who personified growing food, like Persephone in Greece or Osiris in Egypt. Like Osiris, Tammuz was male. The Sumerians worshipped Tammuz as early as 2600 BC - and probably much earlier - and so did all the other people of West Asia, including the Jews (the Bible warns [...]

Persephone and Hades – Greek religion

By | 2017-07-16T03:29:00+00:00 July 16th, 2017|History|

Hades kidnaps Persephone (mosaic from Amphipolis, 300s BC) Persephone was the daughter of the goddess Demeter. One day Persephone was dancing with her friends in a sunny meadow, having a good time, picking flowers. Suddenly Persephone's spooky uncle Hades burst out of the ground and grabbed her and pulled her into his chariot! He took Persephone (purr-SEFF-oh-nee) [...]

Dionysos and the dolphins – Ancient Greece

By | 2017-07-12T23:52:13+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Dionysos turns a ship into grapevines, and the bad sailors into dolphins (Athenian black-figure vase from the 500s BC) One story about Dionysos, which you can see painted on this vase, is that he once disguised himself as a rich young man and sailed on a Greek merchant ship on the ocean. The [...]

Who was Osiris? Egyptian god

By | 2017-06-19T01:01:42+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Bringing offerings to Osiris(New Kingdom, ca. 1300 BC) Osiris was an ancient Egyptian god of growing things, like the Hindu god Indra or the Greek goddess Demeter. That's why sometimes Osiris' face is green, like the Nile river whose floods made a good harvest in Egypt. Osiris was the oldest son of the [...]

Who was the Egyptian goddess Isis?

By | 2017-06-19T00:35:59+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Isis and her baby Horus (Middle Kingdom, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) The goddess Isis, in Egyptian mythology, was married to her brother Osiris (just like Hera was married to her brother Zeus). Isis means "the queen", in Egyptian. Then their enemy, the god Set, killed Osiris, and tore him apart. [...]

Who was the Egyptian god Horus?

By | 2017-10-14T14:18:39+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Good luck charm of the eye of Horus(Old Kingdom, ca. 2000 BC) Horus was an Egyptian god, originally from Upper Egypt(Southern Egypt). In the Old Kingdom, people thought of Horus as having the head of a falcon, and his name means "falcon" in Egyptian. The Pharaoh was the human form of Horus, and [...]

Who was Anubis? – Ancient Egyptian god

By | 2017-06-18T01:07:14+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Anubis in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor (New Kingdom) Anubis was the way ancient Greek historians like Herodotus wrote the Egyptian word Inpu. Inpu, or Anubis, was an Egyptian god, the son of Ra. He was the god of the dead and the underworld in Old Kingdom Egypt. Because jackals (a kind [...]