Friday, February 23, 2018

Tophets and child sacrifice

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST TODAY: Understanding Tophets: A Short Introduction (Adriano Orsingher).
Few historical issues are as controversial as child sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean and Biblical worlds. The Biblical term Tophet is conventionally used to refer to a type of open-air cremation sanctuary. The common element characterising Tophets is the presence of an open space where urns containing cremated remains of animals and/or children were deposited.

It seems that specialists are still debating whether Tophets involved child sacrifice. For past posts on the issue, see here and links. Cross-file under Punic Watch.

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