Although the historical sources present some difficulties of interpretation, the Phoenician Religion was remarkably constant, almost certainly due to the geography of the region where the Phoenicians were contained on the narrow coast of the Levant and backed by the mountains creating a border with their Aramaean and Hebrew neighbours. This is not to say it was uniform throughout the region as ancient Phoenicia was very much a collection of individual city-states rather than a single homogenous state. Each city had its chief god and pantheon for example, although some, such as Astarte, were worshipped throughout Phoenicia. The mythology of the origin of the world from the union of the primeval elements of Wind and Desire, followed by creatures hatched from an egg, which in turn generate humanity, also seems a common element in various cities’ creation mythology. Beyond the big three cities of Byblos, Sidon, and Tyre, however, little is known of the religious practices at other Phoenician cities.
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Sidon Founded circa 3000 B.C. Derived from the Greek word for “fishery” Sidon was an ancient Phoenician port city and is famous for its fishing and trade industries, as well as its glass manufacturing—the Greek author Homer had a lot … read more
Alan Boyle from NBC reports that archaeologists have found a treasure trove of ancient artifacts at a dig in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, including a statue of a Phoenician priest dating back more than 2,500 years. “Nothing comparable … read more
Sidon’s castle (or Castle of Saida, قلعة صيدا), south Lebanon. Photography by Mimo Kheir. read more
من البلد. لم يمنع التمدن الذي شهدته مدينة صيدا ولا التطور التكنولوجي من الغاﺀ مهن يدوية، اذ ما زالت بعض العائلات الصيداوية تحافظ على بعضها وقــد التصقت اســـمـــاﺀ الــكــثــيــر منها بكنية العائلة ذاتها او لقبها كتعبير عن بقائها حية ومــنــع … read more
Saida but – since that day I’ve to return to it every now and then, every time I’m from new in Lebanon! I just fell in love with this city, which’s old part is directly at the sea, only the … read more
يصر محمد فناس، مسحراتي صيدا القديمة على استحضار الماضي بكل مظاهره خلال تأديته مهمة يعتبرها مقدسة. هكذا يرتدي لبوساً مناسباً وجميلاً ويمسك بطبلته التي لم يفلتها خلال 36 عاماً من تسحير المؤمنين خالد الغربي من الأخبار. لم يعد للمسحراتي الذي … read more