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Manipulating The Gods: Lamenting in Context

Anne Löhnert

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Manipulating The Gods: Lamenting in Context

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This article examines lamentation in the ancient Near East. It explains that lamenting was motivated by, and sought to cope with, the primal and perpetual fear of divine abandonment, and it was thus one of Mesopotamian society's most important means of direct interaction with the divine world. The geographical distribution of laments and compositions featuring lamenting covers the whole of what is nowadays Iraq as well as parts of Syria and Anatolia.

Keywords: lamentation; ancient Near East; divine abandonment; Mesopotamian society; divine world; Iraq; Syria; Anatolia

Article.  7734 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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