By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler
College-level textbook at the historical past of Western society to the Enlightenment (Volume 1 of two)
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These areas were probably places of ritual and ini tiation, where young men were taken when they joined the ranks of the hunters. They were also places of magic. The animals depicted on the walls were those either hunted for food or feared as pred ators. Many are shown wounded by spears or arrows; others are pregnant. The early artists may have been expressing the hope that the hunt would be successful and game plentiful. By portraying the animals as realistically as possible, the artist-hunters may have hoped to gain power over them.
The penalty for looting was also grim: anyone caught looting a burning house was thrown into the fire. Mesopotamian cities had breeding places of crime. Taverns were notorious haunts of criminals, who often met there to make their plans.
In one myth the gods decided to make their lives easier by creating servants, whom they wanted to have made in their own image. Nammu, the goddess of the watery deep, brought the matter to Enki. After some thought, Enki in structed Nammu and the others: Mix the heart ofthe clay that is over the abyss. The good and princelyfashioners will thicken the clay. 7 In Mesopotamian myth, as in Genesis, men and women were made in the divine image but without godlike powers. The Mesopotamians believed it their duty to supply the gods with sacrifices of food and drink and to house them in fine temples.
A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler