Hittite Empire’s Legacy and Christmas

Santa Claus Church in Demre strict of Antalya

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.

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Astronomy in Small Asia

Hittite Sun Disc

Astronomy is a very popular science branch in present. But it was also very popular and more important than it is thought. As the seasonal routines were designed up to the astronomical events. Small Asia was a land where astronomy had a very big place in life.

Actually astronomy was a scientific branch which was developed in Mesopotamia. Starting from Hittites period, astronomy shaped the life. For example, spring was the beginning of the year. The bad weather conditions were considered as anger of Gods. Calendars were designed according to sun’s and moon’s movements. Big temples and complexes were built for the Gods.

A year was around 354 days and had 12 months. The months had around 30 days. The measurements are very close to the calendar we are using today. Agricultural activities and festival times were mentioned up to the astronomical calendar. It was based on Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.