Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering of the Gods

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.

Procession of 12 Hittite Gods at Yazilikaya

Here’s a closer detail of the procession

Hittite Gods with their sickle shaped swords

I don’t know about you but the carvings at Yazilikaya were certainly the oldest man made designs I have ever seen!



10 Comments Add yours

  1. arv! says:

    Quite apt for the theme

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks arv!

  2. Fascinating!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  3. Nirmala says:


    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It was truly spectacular!

  4. Brad Nixon says:

    Thank you for the fascinating look at a lost world.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Hi Brad, thanks for visiting and for your very kind comment!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s