Ancient Middle-Eastern Mythology, Folklore and Religion

What is A Dervish & the Meaning of their Whirling

The term “dervish” is often used to refer to a Mohammadan holy man who is a member of a religious order and embraces a school of thought known as Sufism, which aims to enhance the human intellect via various philosophical and religious practices. Many other orders and sub-orders exist, each with its own history, set …

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All About Astarte: Ancient Goddess of Fertility

Astarte was a highly-regarded mother goddess who was worshiped under different names throughout the Middle East, including Ishtar in Mesopotamia and Ashtart or Asherah by the Phoenicians and Canaanites. The Greeks referred to her as Astarte and associated her to their own goddess of love and fertility, Aphrodite. Many clay plaques featuring Astarte have been …

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