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Title: Quale rito per la dea? Pratiche del sacro nel santuario di Tas-Silġ a Malta
Authors: Bonzano, Francesca
Keywords: Maltese ArchaeologySanctuary of Tas-SilġPhoenician sanctuariesCult practicePhoenician Punic Archaeology
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Francesca Bonzano, “Quale rito per la dea? Pratiche del sacro nel santuario di Tas-Silġ a Malta", in: "Sacrum facere. Atti del III Seminario di Archeologia del Sacro. Lo spazio del ‘sacro’: ambienti e gesti del rito.” a cura di Federica Fontana ed Emanuela Murgia, Trieste, 3-4 ottobre 2014", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2016, pp. 147-175
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Collana di Scienze dell'Antichità. Studi di Archeologia
The paper analyses the ritual practices recorded in the Tas-Silġ sanctuary, in the island of Malta,
focusing on what features can be retraced for the historical phases prior to the Late republican age,
between 8th and 2nd century BC. The first period (8th-5th century BC) refers to the Phoenician phase
of the site: the new structures do not seem to interfere with the prehistoric temple, which is kept
unaltered. The worshipped deity – known from the inscriptions – is Astarte: the complex personality
of the goddess, featuring traits belonging to the local tradition, has marked chthonian characters, as
testified by the existence of the recently explored hypogeum structures. The new elements added in
the sacrificial area over the timespan between 4th and 2nd century BC reveal a new openness towards
Mediterranean influences; the hypogeum is not used for rituals anymore, and the chthonian traits
of the cult clearly lose strenghth, probably under the influence of the new cultural context.
Type: Article
ISSN: 978-88-8303-679-8
eISBN: 978-88-8303-680-4
Appears in Collections:Polymnia. Studi di archeologia n.07

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