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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

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Volume 108, Issue 2


The Ewe that was a Scapegoat Bride: A New Look at the Hittite Bestiality Purification Ritual KUB 41, 11+

Amir Gilan
Published Online: 2018-12-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2018-0017


The ritual KUB 41, 11+ is known especially for its striking treatment of the purification of bestiality. This article challenges the common interpretation that the ritual involved a marriage between the sexual offender and the victimized sheep or goat, showing that no evidence suggests such a marriage. Instead, the ewe-bride motif may be interpreted as an elaborate variation on the scapegoat ritual genre, offering an interesting twist to the adornment of the scapegoat before it was sent away.

I would like to thank Theo van den Hout, Alice Mouton, Emily Bischoff, Yoram Cohen and Inbal Samet for their invaluable comments and suggestions. I would also like to thank Ilan Peled for sharing his unpublished work with me. Abbreviations follow The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (1989–).

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Published Online: 2018-12-01

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, Volume 108, Issue 2, Pages 226–234, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2018-0017.

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