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Pagan Heritage Etched in Stone

Goddess Worship in Malta

By Mystic Fool

Located in the central part of the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km to the south of Sicily and 288 km to the North of Africa, lies the Maltese Archipelago. The three main islands forming the archipelago are Malta, Gozo and Commnio. The population of the Maltese Islands stands at 413,609. Their strategic position and numerous harbours and inlets allowed the islands to develop as an important trading post.

Neolithic Era (5200 BCE – 4100 BCE)

According to archaeological evidence, the first people to settle on the islands arrived from Sicily around 5200 BCE. These people cultivated crops (mainly barley, wheat and leguminous plants) and reared animals (pigs, cattle, sheep and goats). This troglodyte community practiced a form of ritualistic worship directed to a Fertility Goddess and believed in an afterlife, as numerous artifacts which were excavated from burial sites indicate. The first communities to live in huts started emerging around 4580 BCE. Interesting artifacts, including baked clay figurines and statuettes, believed to be made in representation of the Fertility Goddess, date back to circa 4400 BCE and 4100 BCE. Religious obligations were carried out in a domestic settings as the huts contained ritual shrines.

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