Bestiality: Norms, Moralities and Transgressions in Mesopotamia and Hatti
- Friday 8 April 2016
2311 VL Leiden
Various Mesopotamian and Hittite texts mention sexual encounters between humans and animals, among them legal, mythological, cultic and ritual sources. This written evidence forms an intriguing bulk of information which illuminates social attitude to bestiality. The comparison between the two cultural spheres is therefore fascinating. In this talk I survey the pertinent evidence, attempt to clarify the social attitudes and motivations it reflects, and compare similarities and differences between Mesopotamia and Hatti in this respect.
Attendance is free of charge.