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Fertility scenes in Rock Art

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Fertility scenes in the Negev Desert Rock Art The fertility rituals depicted in rock art, presented here, influenced by the tale of Osiris in Egyptian mythology. Symbolically, the rock art scenes reenact sexual acts as reproductive processes in men, animals, and land. Spreading semen over land or water ceremony wasRead More …


Sacred Marriage Fertility

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Fertility Rituals Sacred Marriage in Negev Desert rock art It seems natural for early man to relate the heavenly mating of a sky god with the earth goddess as a catalyst to promote fertility. The celestial pairing of the two found its way in rituals of sexual nature intended to induceRead More …


Ugaritic Baal Cycle

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Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Canaanite Myth Rock art and Ugaritic cuneiform script illustrate the popularity of the Baal Cycle myth in Canaan. The myth designation as a “cycle” stems from the region alternating dry and rainy seasons. The myth describes the battle between Baal and Mot the two gods and brothers sonsRead More …


Canaanite Creation Myth

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Canaanite Creation from Cosmic Egg Archaeological research shows that almost every culture has its own creation myth, and a version called the Cosmic Egg appeared in Egypt and Canaan. The unusual rock art presented here depicts the steps of creation according to the Canaanite Creation myth. When combined with aRead More …


Venus Calendar Rock Art

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Venus calendar in rock art, Negev Desert Israel One of the earliest Venus images found on Negev Desert rock art, a solemn reminder of her importance in the region. The Mesopotamians celebrated Venus’s appearance every eight years, which formed an accurate and reliable cycle when she rose as a morningRead More …


Ship Afterlife Journey

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Afterlife Journey, the Negev Desert Ship Rock Art The afterlife idea flourished in ancient Egypt, it symbolized an ideal existence even better than life. This belief manifested itself in ancient Egyptian architecture, religion, and burial rituals, an idea that spread throughout the Western world, solidifying concepts of the eternal world,Read More …


Fish Underworld Journey

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Fish Underworld Journey in Rock Art For centuries, people have been fascinated by the tale of the afterlife journey. In mythology, death symbolized immortality, and the underworld served as the final path to salvation. Ancient texts and rock art iconography reveal that ancient people believed in the afterlife. Much isRead More …


Birds afterlife journey

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Birds Afterlife Journey myth in Negev Desert Rock Art Various types of birds are engraved on Negev Desert rock art in the form of flying birds, tri-finger symbols, water birds, or anthropomorphic figures with wings and beaks (see Fig. 1).  Such a symbol in rock art implies a being ofRead More …