Tunisia-2924 - This Place Bothered Me.........
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Carthage's Tophet is on the edge of the ancient city. The cremated remains in urns were often accompanied by rich grave goods and marked with grave stelae dedicated to Baal and Tanit, the city’s patron deities. The graves were exclusively of young children.
It seems that it was a graveyard but "tophet" refers to a area of sacrifice. Carthaginians sacrificed the children of the elite at times of trouble to seek help from the gods.
The gravesite was used for over 600 years and covered only a hectare of land so future generations were buried over their predecessors.
There are people who dispute that the children were sacrificed but that they may have died on birth.
Baal & Tanit were:
Baal, El, the Ruler of the Universe, Son of Dagan, Rider of the Clouds, Almighty, Lord of the Earth (similar to Greek Zeus or Roman Jupiter)
Tanit, Queen Goddess of Carthage, the Mother Goddess, Queen of Good Fortune and the Harvest