..Bullfighting in Spain ALEPH - the bull (cont.)
One of the oldest Semetic inscriptions found on the Ahiram-sarcophagus (found in Byblos and 
dated 1300-1000 B.C.) is considered to be a prototype for Phoenician,Palestine and Aramaic 
alphabets. The character on this sarcophagus used for the 'a'-sound is Ahome_2.html, in later Phoenician 
it is written as Ahome_2.html or as Ahome_2.html and is called ALEPH which means 'bull'. In later ages the Phoenician 
characters were introduced in Crete and in Greece, and ALEPH is written as Ahome_2.html and called 
'alpha'. Funny enough the Greek call their script "φουνικία γράμματα"(phoinikéa grammata) 
which means "Phoenician characters"...
The background-picture behind this story is part of a fresco from the palace of king Minos at 
Knossos, on the isle of Crete (ca. 1500 B.C.). It's considered to be a picture of ritual bull-
jumping but some say  it could also be a picture of Theseus fighting the Minotaur. Fighting the 
bull is, even today, a tradition in the Mediterranean region: Spain, Portugal and Southern-France.
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front of a lyre from Ur (Iraq) 2500 B.C.Assyrian relief of storm-god Adad (Louvre, Paris) 800 B.C.Hathor-shrine in Deir-el-Bahri (Egypt) 1480 B.C.Rython from Knossos (Crete) 1400 B.C.