This presentation constitutes the fourth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton, CNRS Paris and Catholic University of Paris.
Through the in-depth study of three religious texts from Hittite Anatolia, I intend to highlight the functions of a person’s body during religious ceremonies. The body of the ritual patron often constitutes both a central point of focus in the ritual discourse and a natural instrument of non-verbal communication. The body of the ritual expert, as well as that of the divine participants are also involved in various degrees. These observations are also valid for cultic festivals, although the nature of the bodily actions might differ.