This week’s photo challenge invites us to post a photograph (true to the holiday season) under the theme of “Gathering”.
I couldn’t immediately think of what I wanted to post but when I browsed through my photographs I found something that caught my eye.
The Hittite Gods of Yazilikaya
The Hittites were an ancient people who lived around 1600BC (think about it- almost 3600 years old) in North central Turkey. Even today the town where you can see the remains of the ancient capital city is called Hattusa (more about Hattusa and Yazilikaya another day).
The Yazilikaya rock shelters are exceptional for having preserved rock carvings that formed part of ancient temples of the Hittites.
One such carving depicts a procession of Hittite gods in what is now known as Chamber B. It is presumed that this was built as a memorial for one of the Hittite Kings by his son in the 13th Century BC. This relief portrays a gathering of 12 Gods of the Underworld with sickle shaped swords.
Here’s a closer detail of the procession
I don’t know about you but the carvings at Yazilikaya were certainly the oldest man made designs I have ever seen!