Ruins of the Lion Temple in Jaffa

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 17 December 2018

The Lion Temple, located in present-day Jaffa, Israel, got its name from a lioness' skull that was found within it. This skull was apparently used in a ritual performed here at the time of the ancient Canaanites and from an altar that served in the worship of the Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth, who is depicted astride a lion. For centuries, pilgrims associated the site with the worship of the mythological Andromeda, the daughter of the king of Jaffa, who was rescued by the hero Perseus.

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, December 17). Ruins of the Lion Temple in Jaffa. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9741/ruins-of-the-lion-temple-in-jaffa/

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Wiener, James Blake. "Ruins of the Lion Temple in Jaffa." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 17, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9741/ruins-of-the-lion-temple-in-jaffa/.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Ruins of the Lion Temple in Jaffa." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 17 Dec 2018. Web. 07 Feb 2023.

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