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Ba’al – the Levant – West Asian gods

By | 2017-09-15T17:07:51+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Ba'al from Ugarit (Louvre Museum, Paris) All along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in what's now Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, and down into the Arabian Peninsula, there was (and still is) a feeling that it's wrong to say the name of your god aloud. Instead, people called their god "Lord". Baal is the Semitic word [...]

African Religions

By | 2017-05-23T16:27:27+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Africa, History, Religion|

Standing stones at Nabta Playa (modern Sudan), ca. 6000 BC The earliest evidence we have for religious faith in Africa is from Blombos Cave in South Africa, where people may have been using red ochre for funerals about 100,000 years ago. Around 6000 BC, people put up standing stones in East Africa (modern [...]

Who is Tanit? An African goddess

By | 2017-05-23T16:32:45+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Africa, Religion, West Asia|

The goddess Tanit came to Africa from her home in West Asia with the Phoenicians, about 800 BC. They worshipped her at home (in what is now Lebanon) and they brought her with them and worshipped her in their new colony at Carthage, in North Africa, too. Originally, Tanit was a moon goddess, maybe the same [...]