A natural labyrinth at Land's End in San Francisco

Symbols of Minoan Religion

The following research notes are a part of my ongoing Minoan/early Mycenaean religion reconstruction project. For more of these posts, visit The Ancient Labyrinth category of my musings. Research sources below; all artwork by me. Horns of Consecration Horn-shaped object, "perhaps the most ubiquitous symbol of Minoan religion." These horns were mounted on altars or …

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Considering the Continuum

Bacchus may be compared with other double names such as Zeus-Belos, attested in Herodotus and Philo of Byblos. Since Hadad-Baal and Bacchus-Dionysus are both fertility gods portrayed (frequently) with bull horns, syncretism between Hadad-Baal and Bacchus-Dionysos is by no means unnatural. Indeed, Julius Wellhausen seems to have viewed this syncretism as self-evident, speaking of "Baal-Dionysus" …

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