Day 24-A





Today, Jarret’s health was worse than we’d ever seen, despite the injections Justin has been giving him, and we’re all a little nervous that he may need to go home, though because of the pain in his ears and the cabin pressure on the place, that may not be a viable option either. We gave him the back of the bus to relax and sleep and onward we pushed to Yazilikaya in Hatusha, a temple with nearly a hundred gods carved into the walls of stone. These carvings were made in the bronze age, before iron came about, and because bronze is the softer of the two metals, carving and chiseling rock was very difficult. Thus, they may have used other stones for building and carving. As far as infrastructure, the foundations were stone, but the walls were mud brick, so they no longer stand. When they did, though, they were inexpensive and provided good insulation because the environment was very dry. The Hittites (who, when they were around, referred to themselves as “Hatians,” or the people of Hati) were known as the people of 1,000 gods because every time they captured land or a group of people, the physically took the statues of the captives’ gods and added them to the Hittite pantheon, which the Greeks partially used in the creation of their gods. This meant that they would often wind up with duplicates of sun gods, weather gods, gods of wisdom, etc. At the top always, though, were the mother goddess, and when they realized the role men played in reproduction, the bull. Often times, great kings would be pictured with the gods, but the way to tell which images are immortal is to examine the horns on the conical hats. More horns equal more power, and only gods had horns; the kings had a sickle-shaped tool in their hands instead. Also, this people valued gender equality. If the king went off to war, power went to his wife, not the son or nephew. Yay women! Anyways, we left there and went to check into our hotel, eat lunch, and enjoy a small nap, listen the hotel in Cappadocia was drop-dead gorgeous; it was carved into the caves with huge, soft beds and Jacuzzi bathtubs and a

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