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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.

keywords: Veil. Linen textile. Ebla texts. Married women. Eblaite ritual of royalty.

Language: en

Submitted: July 1, 2021   Accepted: Aug. 3, 2021   Published: Aug. 30, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-521-6/005

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