Essay on The Between Sumerian And Semitic

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People from all worldviews have tried to understand and display their ideas of the divine by means of art, philosophy, architecture, and literature. These mediums serve as outlets to express their beliefs concerning a higher power. Although they show variance and development as time progresses, each culture’s works connect to the ideas and techniques of the cultures preceding them. Each culture built upon the foundation laid before them in these regards. The Mesopotamians are the oldest known culture to have artifacts documenting their beliefs in regards to the divine. Works produced from this time period are split between Sumerian and Semitic. This split distinguishes the development of pagan societies and Yahweh-fearing society; however, most of the focus will be on the Sumerian cultures. Art forms from Sumerian cultures consisted of statues such as the Venus of Willendorf and Lady of Warka, which portray the characteristics the goddesses were worshipped for, as well as statues such as the Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, the Seated Statue of Gudea and the Stele of Hammurabi, which portray rulers of the time and how they were considered to be either equal or connected to the various gods. This idea is one that would remain consistent throughout the following empires. Architecture lent itself to attempting to connect the people with the gods by towering high enough that ziggurats, such as the one in Ur, Iraq, were thought to have gods dwelling in the shrines on top. Evidence…

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