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Seven-rayed god (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

12 Assyrian Identity

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

Chaldean Oracles
seven rays
2nd century CE
Roman Empire
Hellenistic philosophers and scholars

Chaldean Oracles 194:
But if I should touch upon the ineffable, mystical doctrine which the Chaldean spoke in a divine frenzy concerning the “seven-rayed” god - that god through whom he causes souls to ascend - I would be saying unknowable things. Yes, certainly unknowable to the herd, but well-known to the blessed theurgists.

Gilgameš and Huwawa A 34-47 (see ETCLS for variants):
Utu accepted his tears as a fitting gift. As befits a compassionate person, he turned to him full of compassion: “Now there are seven warriors, sons of a single mother. The first, their eldest brother, has lion’s paws and eagle’s talons. The second is a …… snake, ……. The third is a dragon snake, ……. The fourth blazes with fire ……. The fifth is a …… snake, ……. The sixth beats at the flanks of the mountains like a battering flood. The seventh …… flashes like lightning, and no one can deflect (it) … . They will help you find the …… of the way. They should guide you to the place in the mountains where the boats have to be pulled from the water! The warrior, youthful Utu, gave these seven to Gilgameš. The feller of cedars was filled with joy; Lord Gilgameš was filled with joy.

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Chaldean Oracles 194
Gilgameš and Huwawa A 34-47


Majercik 1989, 122-123Majercik, Ruth. The Chaldean Oracles. Text, Translation, and Commentary. Studies in Greek and Roman Religion 5. Leiden, New York, Copenhagen, Cologne: E. J. Brill 1989.

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