Lions and Tiger and Bears, Oh My
summers at metu.edu.tr
Mon Apr 30 11:42:14 UTC 2001
David L. White wrote:
[ moderator snip ]
> Just a brief note: Ancient Anatolia had not only lions, but tigers
> (in the eastern part), and leopards. (Not to mention the usual bears, and
> wolves). Yet it seems that the scariest animals the IEs knew were bears and
> wolves. But of course tabu deformation may be relevant in all this.
> Dr. David L. White
In the Hittite Empire period at Hattusa we have the magnificent
sculptures of the Lion Gate, and at Yazilikaya the goddess Arinna stands
on a panther (or female lion?). The entrance to Chamber B at Yazilikaya
is protected by two demon bears carved in low relief, but they pale in
comparison with the power of the Lion Gate.
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