oa Journal for Semitics - The mother goddess and her gaming connection: an iconographic study

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



It is not unknown for the mother goddess to be associated within a playing context in several cultures of the ancient Near East. However, the precise nature of this association is as yet unclear. This article proposes that the mother goddess may not only be connected within the gaming/games culture, but may also be related to a specific board game, namely the shield board game or the game of fifty-eight holes, also called the game of dogs and jackals. The evidence will be provided from iconographic material from all over the Ancient Near East. Reference will also be made to some textual evidence.

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