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Akītu Festival
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One of the most significant and oldest festivals of Mesopotamian culture. It was documented in Nippur as early as the middle of the 3rd millennium BC. The festival lasted many days and was celebrated in many cities of Mesopotamia. The dates would vary from city to city, but it usually took place semi-annually at six month intervals. In a ceremonial procession, the city ruler or king would accompany the cult image of the city's patron god along with statues of other gods to a shrin…

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Maul, Stefan (Heidelberg), “Akītu Festival”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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