Skip to comments.Winged Goddesses Flew Over Iran
Posted on 10/12/2005 5:04:06 PM PDT by blam
10/12/2005 2:49:00 PM
Winged Goddesses Flew over Iran
The first ever icons of winged goddesses have been discovered northwest of Iran.
Tehran, 12 October 2005 (CHN) The recent excavations in Rabat Teppe archaeological site in Sardasht, Northwestern Iran, led to discovery of four icons of winged goddesses on bricks which belong to 3000 years ago. These are the first ever winged goddesses found in Iran.
In initial measures, the area of the archaeological site was believed to be 14 hectares but recent studies extend its measures to 25 hectares.
This season of the excavations has led to discovery of four winged goddesses in Rabat Teppe which can be traced back to the Iron Age, about 3000 years ago. This kind of icons has never been seen in any Iranian archaeological site before, said Reza Heydari, an archaeologist of Western Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.
These icons are unique and have no counterpart even in Persepolis. In Persepolis there is no sign of women, he added.
According to him, the found icons are women with haunches that are similar to deer or cow. Each one of the four goddesses has 2 raised wings.
The most outward level of the site belongs to the first millennium BC. The archaeologists excavation which was started in current year September is an effort for a comparison of the site to the Mushashirs civilization. Based on historical documents, one of the biggest ancient religions temples was based in the location.
Mushashir civilization was contemporary with Urartu and Assyria. Due to political situations, Mushashirs sometimes allied with Assyrians or Urartu people.
what, she is not wearing burkha,
BLOW THEM UP! BLOW THEM UP!
how dare they be idolized. in the name of muhammad...
maybe it's a sign they will start treating their women better.
Big deal. They found the first Hillary! campaign posters.
Winged goddesses or angels?
My first thought, too.
I was thinking comets or meteors.
Strange, sure looks like a woman! Still, the crazy mullah's what will they say now ?
1125 BC A confederation of Hebrew tribes known as Israelites decisively defeated the Canaanites in about 1125 BC.
721 BC Sargon II deported the Israelites.
721-705 BC Deioces is the founder of the Royal dynasty of the Medes on the Iranian plane. He is succeeded by his son, Fravartish, called Phraortes by the Greeks.
700s BC The Cimmerians were defeated by the Scythians, an Iranian people.
700 BC The Leader of the Persians is Hakhamanish (or Achaemenes).
Cool. Paging Dr. Jones....Dr. Indiana Jones.
S'more birdmen, some found in Syria Circa 1,500 BCE or earlier. Sitchin myth says they were shuttle astronauts and figure into the 'Epic of Gilgamesh' as well. The wing configuration in the bottom left photo is identical to the woman's gear.
You sure? When I blow up & clean/brighten it up, it looks like the female is in profile in front of a FOUR winged figure, facing.
Two large, drooping lower wings; two smaller pointy wings, up-swept.
The wings appear as a pair each extending dorsally & anteriorly.
The rear figure also seems to have three (maybe four) vertical objects (candles? feathers?) extending above the woman's head.
The entire impression is of a figure in profile, standing in front of a winged candelabra, or maybe the central part of a "tree of life" as in your upper-left picture
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They will attempt to destroy the area and anything found.
Looks like three wings to me. Might not even be a girl. What think?
On second thought, you could be right.
Maybe it's wishful thinking on their part? that they want to match a 3,000 year old icon with their preconception of a female goddess holding an important place in the ancient religion?
Many of the images of females from ancient times emphasized the female reproductive role, for instance a female totem figure with a swollen belly (pregnancy) and huge breasts.
"...four icons of winged goddesses on bricks which belong to 3000 years ago..."
"And round the throne...are four living creatures....the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, 'Holy, holy holy is the Lord God Almighty..."
I still think four wings; not certain on the female part: defintely barefooted, but not pregnant, so a bit ambiguous.
Might even be holding something in the proferred hands. Facing an alter, with an offering; the thing alongside somekind of 'guardian' or other temple/shrine decoration?
I don't know anything about the artistic conventions that would delineate female in this tradition.
Goddesses my ass! That lower left one is whatcha call a Seraph; one of the highest castes of angels, which stands before the thrown of G-d.
Checking at the Middle-Eastern bend of the source web site, I'd say that they are reluctant to acknowledge the presence of Jews or Zoroastrians in the area.
Come to think of it, isn't a man struggling against a god an odd image?
"You shall be called Israel, for you have contended with the divine." -- A Seraph to Jacob, in Genesis
with haunches that are similar to a deer or cow, these goddesses must have been considered the playmates of their day. VAVAVoooooom, if you know what I mean.