- Hittite mythology
Heavily influenced by
Mesopotamian mythology, the religion of the Hittitesand Luwians retains noticeable Indo-European elements, for example Tarhunt the god of thunder, and his conflict with the serpent Illuyanka.
Tarhunt has a son, Telepinu and a daughter,
Inara. Inara is involved with the Purulispring festival. She is a protective deity (dLAMMA). Isharais a goddess of the oath. Kumarbiis the father of Tarhunt, his role in the Song of Kumarbibeing reminiscent of that of Kronosin the " Theogony" of Hesiod. Ullikummiis a stone monster fathered by Kumarbi, reminiscent of Hesiod's Typhon.
The Luwian god of weather and lightning "Pihassassa" may be at the origin of Greek
Pegasus. Depictions of hybrid animals (like hippogriffs, chimerae etc.) are typical for the Anatolian art of the period.
The Sun goddess of
The Hittites often worshipped their gods through Huwasi stones. These stones represented deities and would be treated as a sacred object.
*Gary Beckman, "The Religion of the Hittites", The Biblical Archaeologist (1989).
*J. G. Macqueen, "Hattian Mythology and Hittite Monarchy", Anatolian Studies (1959).
Hittite military oath
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