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The Sacred Landscape of the Kingdom Of Ugarit

The Sacred Landscape of the Kingdom Of Ugarit the sacred landscape of the kingdom of ugarit 143 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 JANER 4 Also available online – www.brill.nl THE SACRED LANDSCAPE OF THE KINGDOM OF UGARIT JORDI VIDAL 1. Introduction The sacred landscape of Indo-European Hispania was analysed by F. Marco Simón (Marco Simón 1999) in a recent paper. Beyond the specific traits of that particular geocultural setting, the author noted the existence of certain common attitudes towards landscape present in a great number of traditional societies. This shows, as Frazer or Eliade had already pointed out, the existence of anthropological structures of the imaginary common to a certain extent among dif- ferent cultures. Along this same line, the perception of landscape, its shapes, and its various elements as supernatural ones is a recurrent pattern. Certain realities were deemed worthy of expressing divine presence, were perceived as alive, animated, and often granted anthropomorphic traits. This paper aims at analyzing how this sacred conception of land- scape was expressed in the Ugaritic world. Our main sources for this study are the literary and ritual texts recovered from various ar- chives of the city. However it is toponomy which will allow us to observe a set http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions Brill

The Sacred Landscape of the Kingdom Of Ugarit

Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions , Volume 4 (1): 143 – Jan 1, 2004

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Brill
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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1569-2116
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1569-2124
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10.1163/1569212042653491
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the sacred landscape of the kingdom of ugarit 143 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 JANER 4 Also available online – www.brill.nl THE SACRED LANDSCAPE OF THE KINGDOM OF UGARIT JORDI VIDAL 1. Introduction The sacred landscape of Indo-European Hispania was analysed by F. Marco Simón (Marco Simón 1999) in a recent paper. Beyond the specific traits of that particular geocultural setting, the author noted the existence of certain common attitudes towards landscape present in a great number of traditional societies. This shows, as Frazer or Eliade had already pointed out, the existence of anthropological structures of the imaginary common to a certain extent among dif- ferent cultures. Along this same line, the perception of landscape, its shapes, and its various elements as supernatural ones is a recurrent pattern. Certain realities were deemed worthy of expressing divine presence, were perceived as alive, animated, and often granted anthropomorphic traits. This paper aims at analyzing how this sacred conception of land- scape was expressed in the Ugaritic world. Our main sources for this study are the literary and ritual texts recovered from various ar- chives of the city. However it is toponomy which will allow us to observe a set

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

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