Explore the ancient origins of Paiawon Apollo the sun and archer deity.
Follow his long journey through history and many lands from his ancient origins in Mesopotamia and Sumer the deity travelled from the Eastern world to the Western world via the islands of the Mediterranean establishing the Sun deities cult around Anatolian lands the islands and coastlines of the Mediterranean world.
In Urkesh he was known by the Hurrian name of Aplu
In Ugarit the ancient port city and gateway to the great cities and cultures of the ancient world in Mesopotamia, Sumer, Akkad and beyond the archer deity was known by the name of Reshep.
In Anatolian lands deities depicted on artifacts are youthful male and female figures depicted with lions or stood on their backs on varied ancients artifacts and seals excavated.
On Minoan Crete the youthful master and mistress of animals deities are depicted on artifacts and seals armed with bows again walking with large cats or stood on the cats backs in the scenes.
Twin deities that remind of Apollo and Artemis armed with bows Paiawon – Apollo on Crete was the deity that crossed over to the Greek mainland and took control of the sacred site of Delphi with his temple built beneath the sacred twin peaks of Mount Parnassos at the very centre of the Greek speaking world.
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