Marriage is the basis of the society. The archeology found out that modern marriage procedures are dated back to Hittites’ period. According to Hittites’ tablets, family was the important part of the society. So Hittite public built a system that we have been applying for thousand years.
When a couple decided to build a family, firstly the families gave to in marriage. Then the couple got engaged. The groom gave money and vowes to the bride’s family. We have been applying the same procedures even today. That means this procedure has been living for 3000 years. Anatolian society is using this system today. Even the statement for the affiance was similar. ” With the order of God and the permission of prophet, I would like to marry your daughter.” is the statement we use. The statement was that in that period; “With the order of God, I got ……………… the daughter of………..as a wife”.
Even the groom and bride were described on ancient pot. Bridal veil ceremony was mentioned on a pot. Two witnesses for the wedding ceremony is also dated back to Hittites’ period.
Hittite Empire may have more connections between past and present. When the practices of Hittite Empire are examined, we come across many resemblances. I want to point one of those resemblances or connection (however you name this).
Christmas is one of the important practices of Christianity and we know that Santa Claus culture became true in Antalya thousand years ago. On the other hand, according to tablets of Hittites’ period there was a similar practice in Small Asia. Deers were also the iconic animals in Hittites’ culture. According to Hittite tables, pine or a juniper ( a sort of tree) were selecting. Also a deer was symbolizing next to the tree. Some bags were put on the tree branches for the gifts. It was a pratice for the God Telipinu. A carving was also made for this practice.
After thousand years, this practice was refreshed in Christianity as Christmas. There can be a connection between Hittites and Christians. It can be an cultural affection.
There are more points on Hittite Empire and the present’s culture. More information will be given sooner.