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Temple / Sacred Prostitution in Ancient Mesopotamia Revisited. Religion in the Economy

  title={Temple / Sacred Prostitution in Ancient Mesopotamia Revisited. Religion in the Economy},
  author={Morris Silver},
In Ugarit-Forschungen 30 and elsewhere, Assante vigorously argues on behalf of three striking and rather novel propositions: (1) There is no Sumerian or Akkadian word meaning “prostitute / sex professional” ; (2) Evidence for Mesopotamian prostitution adduced by “patriarchally” oriented scholars actually refers to the sexual activity of “single women / women without a husband”; (3) There is no evidence for “sacred” prostitution in Mesopotamia. The present paper reconsiders the evidence within… 
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