Thursday, February 3, 2011

THERIOMORPH: Encyclopedia II - Animal worship

Treating cults according to their meaning, which is not necessarily identical with the cause which first led to the deification of the animal in question, we can classify them under ten specific heads: Animal worship - Pastoral cults. The pastoral type falls into two sub-types, in which the species is spared and sometimes receives special honour at intervals in the person of an individual.

THERIOMORPH: Encyclopedia II - Jericho - Prehistoric times

Three separate settlements have existed at or near the current location for more than 11,000 years. The location was probably desirable due to its supply of fresh water and a favorable position on an east-west route north of the Dead Sea. Jericho - Tell es-Sultan. The earliest settlement was located at the present-day Tell es-Sultan (or Tell Sultan), a couple of kilometers from the current city. In Arabic, tell means "mound" -- consecutive layers of habitation built up a mound over time, as is common for ancient settlements in the Middle East and Anatolia. Jericho is the type site