Azerbaijan International

Autumn 2006 (14.3)

Earth Goddess Monument in Azerbaijan

Male and female stele statues found at a burial site (kurgan) at Yeni Turkan. The heads of both statues had been broken. Both had been ceremoniously buried in a manner afforded important leaders. Could it be that the burial represented a transition from one belief system to another, brought on by geopolitical changes?

Perhaps, the statues represented earlier gods - perhaps of Earth Mother goddess and her counterpart - a male god of the sky - when they were no longer deemed relevant. The female statue orients to the South West, the direction of the Winter Solstice sunset. Note the gap in the circular perimeter wall. Speculation: Could it be a doorway that allowed the spirit of the goddess to leave and return? Photo: Gallagher


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