The Revival of the Anu Cult and the Nocturnal Fire Ceremony at Late Babylonian Uruk [Hardback]

Julia Krul (Author)

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ISBN: 9789004364936 | Published by: Brill | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English




The Revival of the Anu Cult and the Nocturnal Fire Ceremony at Late Babylonian Uruk

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In The Revival of the Anu Cult and the Nocturnal Fire Ceremony at Late Babylonian Uruk, Julia Krul offers a comprehensive study of the rise of the sky god Anu as patron deity of Uruk in the Late Babylonian period (ca. 480-100 B.C.). She reconstructs the historical development of the Anu cult, its underlying theology, and its daily rites of worship, with a particular focus on the yearly nocturnal fire ceremony at the Anu temple, the Bīt Rēš. Providing the first in-depth analysis of the ceremony, Julia Krul convincingly identifies it as a seasonal renewal festival with an important exorcistic component, but also as a reinforcement of local hierarchical relationships and the elite status of the Anu priesthood.

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