THE GODDESS TANIT

Bust of the goddess Tanit (photo from Ibiza-Click.com)

Bust of the goddess Tanit in the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera

The goddess Tanit wraps the island of Ibiza in a halo of mysticism, mix of cultures and traditions. Legend has it that Ibiza was considered an ideal island by the Carthaginians since there were no poisonous animals on its territory, it was easy to dock by sea and also to conquer ...

However, on his first expeditions to the island, They were hit by several stormy days and their reddish lands stained the sea red. This fact reminded them of the bloodbath rituals of Tanit.. One reason they took this as a sign of good omen and started their cult on the island.

Tanit is the most important goddess in Carthaginian mythology. Equivalent to the Phoenician goddess Astarte, it was the divinity of the moon, the sexuality, fertility and war, as well as the consort of Baal and patroness of Carthage. It was also worshiped in Egypt and Hispania, especially in Ibiza. To this day, many representations of the deity have arrived. The name of Tanit for women is common on the island of Ibiza. There are prizes, logos or businesses that confirm how deeply rooted this figure is in Ibizan society.

The Cave of Es Culleram, located at 150 meters above sea level in Sant Vicent de sa Cala, It houses the largest sanctuary on the island to which thousands of people continue to go to worship the goddess Tanit since ancient times.The temple is the largest that has been dedicated to this goddess in the Mediterranean and has three areas: an exterior, where the sacrifices were carried out, a central part where the goddess was and a last, the deepest, where the ashes of the consecrations were deposited.

The sanctuary was discovered in 1907, welcomed 600 complete terracotta sculptures and more than 1.000 heads and fragments of other, most of it depicting Tanit in the shape of a flared female figure. It is currently open to the public and its access is free.In the Ethnographic Museum of Ibiza and Formentera, in the Puig des Molins, the oldest bust of this goddess found on the island is found.

 

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The goddess Tanit wraps the island of Ibiza in a halo of mysticism, mix of cultures and traditions. Legend has it that Ibiza was considered an ideal island by the Carthaginians…