The Temple of Ur. Centre of the empire 3300 - 1800 BC

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Its structure high and wide and long 80 metres by 40 metres

This massive structure built so each level ascends to the dwelling place of the gods. A place of worship, pageant, procession and sacrifice. Ruled over by the high priest or a god king. The centre of the empire, a place where everything was made to satisfy the gods. Declarations of war, sacrifice to appease the wrath of the gods, compliance with any and every strange request. Enquiry of the divine will in the entrails of animals, flight of birds, signs of the seasons, abundance or devastation in crops and livestock, rages of the seas, violence of the tempests and storms.

This is what we forget Abram faced, maybe this is what eventually made the family move from Ur. (Ur was eventully overcome and its importance disappeared around 1800 BC)

A grand procession and a gentle hypnotic dance by the ladies of the temple

small sample full song available on itunes (film Zulu main theme)

small sample full song available on itunes Vespers from film Casino Royal.

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I can see on a great festival day a procession of people flooding into the temple, flag waving, sacrifice bearing, choirs singing, drums beating, the declaration by the high priest of the divine will or an explanation of creation. Provoking, demanding obedience, instilling fear of what might be the worse to come. Calling for greater sacrifice (maybe forbidden things to you and I), exulting in the joys not only in this life of the benefits of the gods (lovely ladies) but the joy of eternal paradise for those that make it through the underworld.

All this would be so offensive to the one and only God (the Voice) that the only way for Abram and his family was to leave Ur and move at the bidding of "the Voice".

The choir what would they have sung to their gods.

small sample full song available on itunes. Non Nobis Domina from Henry 5th

Who can say what they sung all we know is that this is the age of the beginning of music. The harp (lyre) has been found in the royal graves at Ur. One ardent and wealthy man prepared for his trip through the underworld with 68 lyres plus there musicians, and that was only a small part of what was in the burial chamber.

The farthest thing to truth is the lie that tries to come close to the truth. What could they sing that would satisfy all the gods in the pantheon. When the gods warred against each other they would have to be careful to keep on all sides.

This music from Henry 5th made famous by this tune and chant is very all embracing in its words and when translated from the latin means

“not unto us not unto us O God but unto your name give glory”.

It is a piece that could inspire a crowd, produce obedience and be done in a very spectacular setting.

Do these songs help you to see feel and understand aspect of the life in Ur and what Abram may have experienced.

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