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Chapter Thirteen. On the enigmatic deity lur in the Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis

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Chapter Summary

The Liber Linteus (LL), the famous Linen Book with the longest Etruscan text, has been classified as a funerary ritual book in the past but nowadays it is usually labelled as a ritual calendar, although months are mentioned only from column 6 onwards. This chapter briefly presents the structure of the LL text. A final indication for an all encompassing seasonal order of the LL text is that Nethuns, god of the waters, is not mentioned before column 8, most probably because he was associated with autumnal rains after the hot, dry summer. Apart from the main gods, there are also minor ones, who are subordinated to them. One of them is Lur, an enigmatic deity, mentioned in column 5 and perhaps in column 6. The chapter casts some light on the character of column 5.

Keywords: enigmatic deity; Etruscan text; funerary ritual book; Liber Linteus (LL); Lur; Nethuns



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