Hittite Cult Inventories

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Citatio: M. Cammarosano (ed.), hethiter.net/: CTH 529.36 (INTR 2020-04-16)

Cult inventory

(CTH 529.36)

Textual tradition



KUB 12.4

Basis of the edition

The present edition is based on the photographs available at the Mainzer Photoarchiv of the Hethitologie Portal Mainz, as well as the available hand-copies and relevant secondary literature up to 2019. When the original manuscripts have been collated, this is noted in the commentary.


The fragment records seasonal festivals for several deities, of which only the names of the Storm god of Ḫattuša, ZABABA, and Ḫalputili are preserved. The offerings include wine (i 10′) and various types of wheat and cereals, much of which has to be supplied by the “Palace of Ḫattuša.” Noteworthy are the description of the autumn and spring festivals for the rarely attested deity Ḫalputili (iv 2-6), worshiped by the “old priest” with resources from his house, and the use of the verb ḫandae- in the sense of “arranging” the festivals (line iv 4: “and he (i.e. the priest) arranges (the autumn festival) as follows,” iv 6: “the spring festival is arranged according to this (festival, i.e. the autumn festival)”). The treatment of a festival of the town Kulella (obv. i 4′) provides a clue for the geographical setting of the inventory, since this town is located in the immediate vicinity of Ḫattuša on the road to Arinna (Kryszeń 2016: 71-74).

Palaeography and orthography: Clear script, with a remarkable difference in the appearance of the script on the reverse in respect to the obverse, apparently due to the fact that the clay was already quite dry (for an analogous case, see KUB 7.24+). Characteristic use of “redundant” wedges, e.g. in Ú, É, UDU; note the right-displacement of the last sign of a line (iv 9), an unusual feature among cult inventories. Late LI (e.g. i 4′). Note the unusual spelling pé-eš15-k[án-zi] (i 3′, vs. standard pé-eš-kán-zi in i 10′ and passim).

i 4′: For É.GAL šiyannaš “storehouse-palace,” see CHD Š 344. For the town Kulella, see Kryszeń 2016: 71-74.

iv 7: Note the dat.-loc. šuppai with unexpressed pedai “when (the cult image of) Ḫalputili travels up to the holy (place),” see Soysal 2008: 61. For the rarely attested deity Ḫalputili (a deified object), see Soysal 2008: 58-65, Taracha 2017: 108-109, and Steitler 2017: 156, 273 fn. 852, 428.

CC BY-SA 4.0 Michele Cammarosano | Produced as part of the research project Critical edition, digital publication, and systematic analysis of the Hittite cult-inventories (CTH 501-530), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – project number 298302760, 2016–2020.

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