Fertility scenes in Rock Art

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Fertility scenes in the Negev Desert Rock Art Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. The fertility ritual depicted in the rock art, presented here, is influenced by the tale of Osiris and Isis from Egyptian mythology. Symbolically, the rock art scene reenacts sexual act as reproductive processes in men, animals,Read More …


Sacred Marriage Fertility

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Fertility Rituals Sacred Marriage in Negev Desert rock art Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. 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 ritualsRead More …


Ugaritic Baal Cycle

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Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Canaanite Myth Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. 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 MotRead More …


Canaanite Creation Myth

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Canaanite Creation from Cosmic Egg Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. Research indicates that every culture has its own creation myth, and a version known as the Cosmic Egg circulated in Egypt and Canaan. The unusual rock art presented here depicts the steps of creation according to the Canaanite CreationRead More …


Venus Calendar Rock Art

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Venus calendar in rock art, Negev Desert Israel Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. The Mesopotamians celebrated Venus’s appearance every eight years, which formed an accurate and reliable cycle when she rose as a morning star near the Spring Equinox. Venus symbolized the image of the Great Goddess Ishtar/Inanna andRead More …


Ship Afterlife Journey

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Afterlife Journey, the Negev Desert Ship Rock Art Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. The afterlife idea was popularized in ancient Egypt, where it symbolized a better existence than life itself. Ancient Egyptian architecture, religion, and burial rituals reflected this profound belief. The idea spread throughout the Western world, givingRead More …


Fish Underworld Journey

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Fish Underworld Journey in Rock Art Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. The tale of the afterlife journey always fascinated people. 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.Read More …


Birds afterlife journey

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Birds Afterlife Journey myth in Negev Desert Rock Art Deciphering rock art from Israel, israelrockart.com. 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 rockRead More …