What made the Nabataean culture special? Discover their religious, political and cultural worldview.

Nabataean Culture:

When one uses the word ‘culture,’ it can encompass many different subjects. In this page, we want to look at a number of topics, such as Nabataean houses, ceramics, and water collection …

Desert Life:

For thousands of years, the people of the Middle East have been moving from nomadic lifestyle to settled lifestyle. Cities offer better protection and are centers for learning and exchanging ideas. …

The Price of Honor:

Sixth, because they were misunderstood, they may have felt freer to use deception and bribery. Again, a parallel can be made with the gypsies of modern Jordan. Because of their low social status, they …

Coins:

Ten typical Nabataean coins.

Pottery:

NABATAEAN POTTERY A Nabataean oil lamp. Thousands of these have been discovered throughout Nabataea. Oil was poured into the middle of the lamp, and a wick was inserted in the left side and lighted. …

Writing:

Introduction As far as we know, the Nabataeans were not great writers of books. Very little literature has passed down to us. We have no literature from the early years, and the famous Petra Scrolls …

Multi-Alphabet Theory:

Two Families of Alphabets Throughout the Middle East, graffiti is found in a number of different forms, but they seem to fall into two distinct families of alphabets. These are important, for …

The Cave of Letters:

In 1951 a set of Nabataean manuscripts surfaced in the Middle East. They were purportedly from Wadi Sayaal, on the west side of the Dead Sea. The manuscripts included some twenty items, Some of them …

The Petra Scrolls:

These scrolls consist of 152 rolls of burnt papyri found in the old Byzantine church in Petra. At first archeologists were very pessimistic about the Petra Scrolls. They were deep black, fragile, and …

Honor and Shame in a Middle Eastern Setting:

HONOR AND SHAME IN A MIDDLE EASTERN SETTING Roland Muller Copyright 2000 All rights reserved. Sociologists have recognized that three social issues have existed since earliest times. As civilizations …

Gods and Worship:

NABATAEAN PANTHEON Stone Block God from Petra Artistic rendering of Block God Stone Block Gods In the Greco-Roman world as well as the Parthian East, people have always accorded the gods with …

Burial Practices:

NABATAEAN BURIAL PRACTICES Every day hundreds of tourists stare in awe at the magnificent tombs in the ancient city of Petra. Indeed, they are among the most fantastic tomb facades in the world. But …

Nabataean Zodiac:

NABATAEAN ZODIAC Artifacts found among the ruins of a Nabataean temple, known as Khirbet Tannur have contributed to our knowledge of the art and religion of the ancient Nabataeans. At the same time, …

Making Sense of Middle Eastern Religions:

MAKING SENSE OF MIDDLE EASTERN RELIGIONS Copyright 2003 CanBooks Throughout the ancient Middle East, various religions and forms of worship sprang up or evolved at different times. Many of these are …

Petroglyphs:

It has been assumed by archeologists and historians that the petroglypth method of writing and communication preceded writing in general, and that once writing systems were developed that the use of …

Flora & Fauna of Nabataea:

This web age will cover the Flora and Fauna found in the deserts of wouthern Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia (Nabataea). The Wild Plants of Jordan, their Medical, Perfume and preventative Qualities …