The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AKITU. The Sum á-ki-ti, and its Akk cognate akı̄ tu (m), may refer either to the akı̄tu festival proper or to a temple in which this festival was celebrated. The origin and etymology of this noun is unknown. On account of the Akk plural form akiā ti, some scholars consider Sum á-ki-ti to be a Sem loanword,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AKITU. An ancient Mesopotamian festival tied to the equinoxes, agriculture, and lunar phases. At the ritual’s beginning, a city’s god was escorted out of the city to reside in the Akitu house for 11 days. Throughout the ceremony, worshipers gave a range of offerings, specified by day and time. At the
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