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Donkey cult
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With donkey cult is meant the worship of a donkey, a donkey's head or a donkey-shaped deity. The origins of this ancient custom are largely obscure despite its relatively wide distribution (e.g. in ancient Egypt and Babylon). Egyptians and Romans also claimed, usually from a hostile position, that Judaism worshipped donkeys. According to Flavius  Iosephus,  Apion was the initiator of this slander (c. Ap. 2,7), the content of which is the accusation that the Jews had set up a donkey's head that they hailed during the divine service. Th…

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Domhardt, Yvonne (Zürich), “Donkey cult”, 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 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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