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Sit Shamshi

 Sb 2743
 
Sully room 10 showcase 13
  
 
This bronze slab represents
a centre of worship comparable
to those the Canaanites used.

Ceremony Known as ‘Sit Shamshi’  and the sun-god Shamash.

The term Sit Shamshi or ‘rising sun’ refers to the worship made to the sun-god Shamash.
 
Next to the kneeling priests are steles,
basins and a sacred grove. A236
  
Here, items of Semitic worship
surround the Mesopotamian ziggurats.
 
 
Two figures are kneeling down face to face.
 
 
One is holding out his open hands
o his companion who is preparing
to pour ablution water.
  
Behind the figure in the background,
note the large jar for storing water
and the lopped trees which call to
mind asherim or sacred poles.
 

 Baals, sacred poles and Asherah

During the Period of the Judges, the Israelite apostates “went serving the Ba´als and the sacred poles” (Judges 3:7, note). Asherah was the Canaanite goddess of fertility (2 Kings 13:6 note). Israel and Judah took no notice of the divine formal prohibition on erecting sacred columns (Deuteronomy 16:21). They placed them over “every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree” according to a common expression.
 
These objects of worship were associated with highly immoral sexual orgies, which indicate the mention of ‘shrine prostitutes’. - 1 Kings 14:23.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 





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