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Storm God Worship: Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel


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« on: October 20, 2014, 01:04:14 am »

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Fragments of facemasks, like this one, were discovered in the 3,300-year-old cult complex at Tel Burna.
[Pin It] Fragments of facemasks, like this one, were discovered in the 3,300-year-old cult complex at Tel Burna.
Credit: Photo courtesy Professor Itzhaq Shai.
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The artifacts include fragments of two masks. "The burna mask fragments, both of noses, are quite interesting, because they are quite large, although as seen in [a photo], they were clearly meant to be worn," Shai said.

"It is difficult to determine exactly who the masks are depicting and whether it is a specific image. In general, masks are known to have been used in cultic ceremonies and processions."

The three connected cups, which were found in the cultic complex, were likely imported from Cyprus, the researchers say. The artifacts' use remains a mystery. "In the past, joint vessels similar in concept as the one found here have been considered as cultic objects," said Shai.

Dvory Namdar, of Hebrew University, is currently analyzing the walls of the vessels to determine what was put in them, something that may shed light on their purpose Shai said. "Residue analysis is currently being conducted in order to further understand what this vessel may have been used for," said Shai.
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