Fossil Genera

Jul 18

ancientart:

Depictions of Baal, the Canaanite god of fertility and rain

And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made.” -1 Kings 18:26.

Baal is actually a title meaning master or lord. There was a large number of local Baals, such as Baal-zephon and Baal-hamon. Of these Baals was the “Great Baal,” or “the Rider of Clouds,” the son of El. Baal is usually depicted in ancient art to be wielding a club or a thunderbolt. Both shown figurines would have once held either of these items.

Baal worship likely included a number of rituals, such as a ritual dance which involved participants limping or hobbling around an altar, as described at the top of this postThe Bible describes human (particularly child) sacrifice as a part of Baal worship: “They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!” (Jeremiah 19:5).

The 1st image of Baal shown dates to approx. 1400-1200 BC, and was found in Syria. The bronze figurine in the 2nd photo dates to the 14th-12th centuries, and was found in Ras Shamra (ancient Ugarit). The 3rd artefact dates to between circa 1499 and circa 1299 BC, and was found at the acropolis in Ras Shamra-Ugarit. 

The first image is © The Trustees of the British MuseumME 134627Both the 2nd and 3rd artefacts are courtesy of & currently located at the Louvre (AO 17330, AO 15775), and both photos are taken by Jastrow

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psychedelicsex:

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Jul 18

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mgoldst:

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humanoidhistory:

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, observed by the Galileo space probe on June 26, 1996.
Jul 18

humanoidhistory:

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, observed by the Galileo space probe on June 26, 1996.

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joncarling:

Brenda and Becky, The Magical Siamese Twins
Jul 15

joncarling:

Brenda and Becky, The Magical Siamese Twins

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montesmariana:

De mis obras favoritas de Dr. Atl
Jul 14

montesmariana:

De mis obras favoritas de Dr. Atl

mexicoartistico:

Retrato de Nahui Olin
Dr. ATL
ca. 1922
Jul 14

mexicoartistico:

Retrato de Nahui Olin

Dr. ATL

ca. 1922

uutpoetry:

How to come by a woman.
How to come across a woman.
How to come over to a woman.
How to come toward a woman.
How to come on to a woman.
How to come up with a woman.

How to come on a woman.
How to come before a woman.
How to come after a woman.
How to come with a woman.
How to come for a woman.
How a woman comes.

Come on, woman!
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How to come out to a woman.
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How to overcome a woman.
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Jul 14
(p)repositions
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Jul 14

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Adam Tan

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Jul 14

fer1972:

Drawings by Daniel Martin Diaz

Jul 14

expecttheunexpectedtoday:

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Surreal Illustrations / Finnish multidisciplinary artist Tapio Mömmö

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loverofbeauty:

Color wheel, (19—?) Rudolph Schaeffer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Jul 14

loverofbeauty:

Color wheel, (19—?) Rudolph Schaeffer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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