March equinox

Today is the March equinox. From now on, the day will be longer than the night. This moment was worshiped by many cultures, in Babylon it marked the beginning of the new year. Twelve-day celebrations began with a procession that set off through the northern gate of the city, dedicated to the goddess of love and war – Ishtar, and headed to the temple of the main deity of Babylon – Marduk. The gate was decorated with ceramic representations of animals dedicated to important deities. Lions symbolized Ishtar. Bulls we animals of Adad who was the sender of the rain and storm and whose special care was much sought in the period of growing crops. Today, it can be seen at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

ceramic details from Ishtar Gate, ca. 575 B.C.E., Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Ishtar Gate, ca. 575 B.C.E., Pergamon Museum, Berlin

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