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God Images on Rock Art

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God images from the Fertile Crescent Nations In ancient times, there was a custom where each city-state in the Fertile Crescent had its protecting god; he was their ruler. People worshiped him and in return, their god would protect them. They credited their god with magical powers that affected bothRead More …


Fertility scenes in Rock Art

rockart sniffing dog fertility ritual

Fertility scenes in the Negev Desert Rock Art The lack of water in the desert facilitated its dwellers to promote fertility rituals, see Sacred Marriage, imitating nature rejuvenation where earth and water played a major role. In our region, the Negev Desert they adopted from Egyptian myths, especially from theRead More …


Rock Art Ships

Rock Art Ships Negev Desert

Ships and boats in Negev Desert Rock Art, Israel Copyright © 2017 by Yehuda Rotblum You don’t expect to see sailing ships or boats in the desert. Surprisingly, many rock art in the Negev desert describes a scene with floating ships as if the arid desert is full of waterways. TheseRead More …


Canaanite Creation Myth

Canaanite cosmic egg creation

Canaanite Creation from Cosmic Egg The creation epic, of world and humans, repeats in different versions in many cultures. It is formulated as an imaginary story befitting such a grandiose event as the creation quote below demonstrates. Many creation stories exist in the world and one of them the CosmicRead More …


Ibex and Rockart

Rockart and Ibex

Ibex in Rock Art In Near Eastern cultures, the ibex appears in many scenes: on rock art, paintings, pottery, cylinder seals, and Kuduru (border stones). This enigmatic symbol, a major celebrity, has no equal in rock art representation throughout the world including the Negev Desert. The prevalence and endurance of thisRead More …


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