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Sumerian antiquities at the Louvre – 11

Votive offerings

Little models of homes/temples were offered to Sumerian gods and goddesses as part of worship rituals, asking the deity to protect the supplicant.

What struck me immediately I saw these were the similarities with certain Hindu ritual offerings. On Diwali in Northern India, Hindus create a small temple of sorts at home and clay temple models, quite similar to these, are placed front and centre. Offerings to the gods are made at this altar and earthen lamps lit around it. For comparison, see the pic below from my Diwali celebrations a couple of years ago.

That structure right in the centre (if you ignore the paint and glitter!) is quite similar to the Sumerian offerings above. Separated by a few millennia and countless generations (not to speak of thousands of miles), some traditions seem to have migrated and carried on, altered and adapted, but still alive.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


2 thoughts on “Sumerian antiquities at the Louvre – 11

  1. That is really interesting! If this doesn’t speak to the common origin of humankind, I’m not sure what can. Thanks for sharing, Amy!


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 21/12/2020, 10:41 PM
  2. That is so interesting. Nice observation, Dr. HD.
    We saw some of the worship rituals in Egypt that were similar to the ones we saw in the Museum in China.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 09/12/2020, 3:04 AM

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