Status Markers on Meroitic Offering Tables from Karanoq and Faras


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The entry on Nubian Religion for the Atlas of Ancient Nubia (written for general public/undergraduate text) focuses on the Napatan (c. 850-350 BC) and Meroitic (c. 350 BC-AD 350) periods. It combines established information pertaining to elite Nubian religion with new research about the religion of the vast majority of ordinary ancient Nubians: what gods they worshipped and how they worshipped them. Typically this type of overview gives a cursory nod to folk religion and then discusses the official state religion as practiced by elites who, because of their wealth and access to literate priests, left behind religious texts and monuments. However, archaeological work in the Sudan provides data for ancient Nubian folk religion that has not been fully explored. New insights into the underlying basis of elite religion reveal elements of folk worship embedded in elite religion and lessens the perceived gap between upper and under class ancient Nubian society.


African History | History | History of Religion

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