Axis Mundi

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Comment by Negussie A. Abraha on July 26th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

In the list of places or structures you specify as representations of the Axis Mundi, you include Punt under the Middle East. Punt is better categorized under the Horn Africa, where there are many other ancient symbolic significations of the Axis Mundi.

Punt was the ancient Egyptian name of the Ethiopian Highlands, otherwise called the Roof of Africa. It is precisely because Punt signified an extensive highland system that makes it an Axis Mundi, probably even the original inspiration of the concept. God dwelt on mountain tops, according to the wisdom received from deep time.

(Neither is the location of Dilmun agreed upon. Your list includes it under the Middle East. Samuel Noah Baker in fact identified Dilmun with the Ethiopian Highlands. [see, The Sumerians].)


N. Abraha

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on July 27th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thank you, Negussie, for your comment. The article will be revised to include a section of African locations, where the land of Punt would be more properly placed. Regarding Dilmun, while its location may not be entirely agreed upon, current thought places it on the island of Bahrain, which would be listed under the Middle East.

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