From Head to Toe in Hittite: the Language of the Human Body

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From Head to Toe in Hittite: the Language of the Human Body

Post by cquiles » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:38 pm

From Head to Toe in Hittite: the Language of the Human Body, by Harry Hoffner, 'Go the the Land I Will Show You'. Studies in Honor of Dwight W. Young

Introduction:
There are approximately seventy known Hittite words for parts of the human body. Most are marked with the Sumerian determinative UZU 'flesh'.
Although no single passage contains anywhere near the entire repertoire of seventy terms, several magic rituals for removing evils from suffering clients contain a representative group. The same curative spell is repeated over each body part. The fact that the enumeration starts with the head and ends with the feet prompted my title "From Head to Toe in Hittite". Since there is nothing intuitive about proceeding from the top down, we must conclude that this was part of a cultural given in ancient Hatti.
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