Lions and Tiger and Bears, Oh My

Geoffrey Summers summers at
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.



Geoffrey SUMMERS
Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara TR-06531, TURKEY.

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