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Bibil Identifier bibil:207544
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Expelling the Demon of Effeminacy
Title (English, ) Anniwiyani's Ritual and the Question of Homosexuality in Hittite Thought
Author Peled, Ilan
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 10, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 69-81 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The ritual of Anniwiyani drew the attention of scholars for more than eighty years, since its earliest publications. As its aim is not self-evident, various speculations and attempts were made during the years in order to try and comprehend it. The conventional explanations focused on the masculine-feminine dichotomy characterizing the ritual, as the background for its performance. The current paper sets forth a new interpretation, according to which the ritual actually aimed at treating a passive homosexual, in order to turn him into the active party in sexual relations.
In light of this new perspective, the paper also seeks to assess the broader question of homosexuality in Hittite thought, as evident from several other textual sources.
DOI 10.1163/156921210X500512
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Hittites : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts : Descriptions of Festivals
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