30 Days of Women in History II (no-Europeans)

Day 25.  Non-Western woman you think Westerners should learn more about Pudupeha, Queen of the Hittites (13th century BC)

I made this category when I first did this challenge and it was (to my shame)  mostly a European party. I have since realized that there are literally tens of thousands of women I could pick for this category.

The reason I chose Puduhepa is that not just she, but her entire civilization was lost to most but the very fringes of history until the 19th century, when the cities and language of the Hittites were discovered.

Puduhepa was an influential and much-beloved Queen consort of the Hittites (where queens had a lot of power). She communicated with both the Egyptian pharaoh and his Queen and helped establish peace between the two powers. After her husband Hattusili died, she gained even more power during the reign of their son. Apart from her involvement in politics and the law, she was also a priestess to the goddess Ishtar.


Sanem Çelik plays Puduhepa in a documentary about the Hittites (narrated by Jeremy Irons). Go watch on Youtube :)


historical casting: Tuba Büyüküstün as Tawananna Puduhepa.

Puduhepa, Great Queen of the Hittites, was queen of the Hittite Empire and the wife of king Hattusili III during the late Bronze Age.  Her father was the head priest of the goddess Ishtar, and Puduhepa would eventually follow in his footsteps, acting as the high priestess until the goddess herself appeared to Hattusili in a vision, following the famed Battle of Kadesh, telling him to marry her, which he did.  She would then become the Tawananna–Great Queen.

Puduhepa was an absolutely phenomenal figure.  Instead of taking on the traditionally subordinate role of a queen, Puduhepa broke this tradition, acting more as a co-regent.  She was a fierce and savvy diplomat, and was instrumental in organising the collection and recording of the various Hittite deities, many of which were borrowed from other cultures.  It is because of her that we know so much about the Hittite religion today.

Her seal, along with Hattusili’s and the seals of Ramesses the Great and his beloved chief wife Nefertari, was placed on the famed Treaty of Kadesh, popularly renowned for being the first peace treaty in existence, or at least the only one to have survived.  This was an honour that had never before been bestowed upon a Hittite queen.  In her lifetime, she also maintained a friendship with both Ramesses and Nefertari, whom she fondly referred to as her “brother” and her “sister.”  She eventually helped negotiate the marriage of her daughter, Maathorneferure (Hittite name unknown), to Ramesses II.  In fact, when writing about the marriage, Ramesses is said to have first approached Puduhepa, instead of her husband.  She also wrote letters to the king of Ugarit, one of the city-states, reprimanding him for the lack of suitable tribute sent to her husband, Hattusili.

When Hattusili died, Puduhepa continued to exercise her expanding influence as the Tawananna well into her son’s reign, even intervening in certain legal cases within the realm.  She was given the title of goddess-queen, or “queen mother”, by her son, which she held until her death.


Puduhepa is one of the most influential women of the Ancient Near East, she was the Queen of the Hittites and Married to King Hattusili III.  She was born the early 13th Century in Lawazantiya (in Kizzuwatna) the daughter of the Head Priest of the Goddess Ishtar and Pudukhepa grew up to be a priestess of the same Goddess.  Upon his return from the Battle of Kadesh against the Egyptians, the then General Hattusili came upon Puduhepa and he claimed that Ishtar commanded he take her as a wife.  Hattusili soon overcame his nephew and became King, making Puduhepa the Queen of the Hittite Empire.
Puduhepa was a key player in the Ancient Near East political and diplomatic scene, particularly with the Ancient Egyptian Court of Ramesses II.  Puduhepa not only wrote corresspondance to the Queen of Ancient Egypt Nefertari (there are letters between the two and even gifts), but Ramesses himself.  She was a key player in the peace treaty negotiations with Egypt, which were sealed with the marriages of her daughter(s).
After the death of Hattusili III, Puduhepa didn’t fade into obsurity.  She remained a strong pressence under the rule of her son Tudhaliya IV and was seen as and refered to as a Goddess-Queen making judicial and religious decisions and reforms).

My Hittite Priestress Girl

Puduhepa is one of my favorite queens in history!

She was a hittite queen and priestress and one of the most influencial women of the ancient world, co-responsable (with Nefertari Merytmut, Ramsés II’s wife) by the first diplomatic peace treaty of history, ending the war between their husbands Hattusillis III and Ramsés II (the war between egyptians and hittites).

I’ve already made her a long time ago, but in candydoll, before I discover the poupée girls ;)

I made 2 Puduhepa’s fanarts, the historical one is this posted now, and the other one, inspired on Sanem Çelik (the gorgeous queen on the movie The Hittites), I’ll post soon after ;)

by mara sop


30 Days of Women in History II (no-Europeans)

Day 6.  A special friendship between two women Nefertari of Egypt and Puduhepa of the Hittite

Egypt and the Hittite power in Anatolia had a relationship of almost constant strive. The two Queens worked for peace and kept up a friendly correspondence. Calling each other sister, they sent each other gifts and enquired after each other’s well-being. Interestingly enough, they wrote each other in a time before paper: the 13th century BC (!).


My Hittite Queen Girl

I’ve already made a historical Puduhepa, and when I was researching images about this queen, I discovered a movie-documentary called The Hittites where Sanem Çelik plays Puduhepa. And the actress is so gorgeous!!!

These screencaps are from a youtube video about this movie, but the user that had posted just removed it and I couldn’t find another link yet :(

Happily I took those screencaps before it happens \o/

by mara sop