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The Veil in Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures

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Maria Giovanna Biga    Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    

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In the texts from Syrian cities like Ebla, Mari, Emar and Ugarit there are several words indicating textiles destined to cover the head and sometimes also the shoulders of women. In the Ebla texts PAD (-TUG2) (Sumerian), gu2-du-mu/ma-ga-da-ma-tum/ma-da-ma-tum (Semitic) is a textile, often of linen, used to cover the body, the shoulders and the head. During the great ritual of royalty at Ebla the queen received the veil only after several days of trip. The veil at Ebla is destined mostly for brides but not only. Married women in Syria did not always wear the veil.

Published
Aug. 30, 2021
Accepted
Aug. 3, 2021
Submitted
July 1, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-522-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-521-6

Keywords: Linen textileEblaite ritual of royaltyMarried womenVeilEbla texts

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