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date: 19 October 2019

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This article examines lamentation in the ancient Near East. It explains that lamenting was motivated by, and sought to cope with, the primal and perpetual fear of divine abandonment, and it was thus one of Mesopotamian society's most important means of direct interaction with the divine world. The geographical distribution of laments and compositions featuring lamenting covers the whole of what is nowadays Iraq as well as parts of Syria and Anatolia.

Keywords: lamentation, ancient Near East, divine abandonment, Mesopotamian society, divine world, Iraq, Syria, Anatolia

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