Zum Kult des Hirschgottes in späthethitischer Zeit

Tatiana Frühwirt*

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* – Universität Graz. Email: tatiana.fruehwirt@gmail.com

Cite as Frühwirt, T. 2021: Zum Kult des Hirschgottes in späthethitischer Zeit. Hungarian Assyriological Review 2: 219–239.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52093/hara-202102-00021-000


Two names of the Stag-God are known from the Late Hittite sources: Runtiya (or Runza) and Runtiya of the Countryside. The prosopographical material also allows us to assume the existence of a local hypostasis Runtiya of Aleppo. The god Karhuha who was worshipped mostly in Karkamiš is likewise identified by some researchers as a stag deity. This paper deals with the Hieroglyphic Luwian evidence for Runtiya, Runtiya of the Countryside, Runtiya of Aleppo and Karhuha from Late Hittite Anatolia and Northern Syria and explores questions about the geographical distribution of these manifestations, their functions and their relationship to each other.

Keywords: Runtiya, Stag-God of the Countryside, Karhuha, Aleppo, Late Hittite Period

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