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Title: Use of Water in Phoenician Structures
Author(s): GROENEWOUD, Elvira M.C.
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 38    Date: 2001   
Pages: 139-159
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.38.0.1094

Abstract :
Since many Phoenician sanctuaries are supplied with one or more natural and/or artificial systems for the provision of water, use of water seems to have played an essential role in their cults and rituals. Several sanctuaries were located near springs or other natural sources of water. And although some water installations may have served to refresh visitors, water did have a special ritual function and water installations in these sanctuaries served special ritual purposes. While not all water installations can definitely be linked with ritual practice, some may be considered as typical fixtures associated with religious worship of certain Phoenician deities.

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