Ḫaldi

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Not to be confused with Khaldi (people).
Depiction of the Araratian god Khaldi. Erebouni Fortress Museum: Yerevan, Armenia

Ḫaldi (dḪaldi, also known as Khaldi or Hayk[citation needed]) was one of the three chief deities of Ararat (Urartu). His shrine was at Ardini.

The other two chief deities were Theispas of Kumenu, and Shivini of Tushpa.[1]

Of all the gods of Ararat (Urartu) pantheon, the most inscriptions are dedicated to him.[citation needed] His wife was the goddess Arubani. He is portrayed as a man with or without a beard, standing on a lion.[citation needed]

Khaldi was a warrior god whom the kings of Urartu would pray to for victories in battle. The temples dedicated to Khaldi were adorned with weapons, such as swords, spears, bow and arrows, and shields hung off the walls and were sometimes known as 'the house of weapons'.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ernest René Lacheman, Martha A. Morrison, David I. Owen, General studies and excavations at Nuzi 9/1, 1987, ISBN 978-0-931464-08-9, p. 50f.[1]
  • Piotrovsky, Boris B. (1969) The Ancient Civilization of Urartu: An Archaeological Adventure. Cowles Book Co. ISBN 0-214-66793-6