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Friday, November 4, 2011

The World of the Witch of Endor - Canaanite Artifacts

When the Witch of Endor communicated with the dead for the Biblica King Saul, she wasn't practicing witchcraft as we think of it at all but rather the Cannaanite religion. A core part of their beliefs and practices included veneration of ancestors, who were sometimes asked for help by the living. It was believed that, after the death of the physical body, the soul went to a place called Mot. Offerings of food and drink were made after death to the deceased, and the deceased were also buried with possessions to accompany them in Mot.

Mot, or Mawat, the God of death, was not worshipped or given offerings. The name, interestingly, survives in our English term, 'check mate'. Another interesting aside, the notorious Jezebel was also a Canaanite priestess. They were a cosmopolitan and sophisticated people.

Unfortunately, little is known about their culture and religion.

Canaanite Artifacts:



Lady of Ibzia


Bronze Mirror with Goddess Handle

Beautiful Glass:






Chimera


Bronze Dieties

Gold Bull


Pig Vessel

 Fertility Goddess


 Astarte

 Head of Figure


Forks


 Water, Wine or Oil Vessel


Gold Jar


Mosaic


Religious Relief
Baal Figure


Sword


Bronze Statue


Cup From the Time of Isaac


Goddess


Another Cup From the Time of Isaac


Axe

Dagger


Animal Figure


Girl With Drum


Pitcher


Limestone Mask


Alabaster Jar


Glass Pitcher


Chariot Figurine


Face Vessel


Sarcophagi



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