By Gwendolyn Leick
The Dictionary of historical close to jap Mythology covers resources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from round 2800 to three hundred BC. It includes entries on gods and goddesses, giving proof in their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by way of the texts, and defining their roles in the physique of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving where of starting place of major texts and a quick heritage in their transmission in the course of the a while; and entries explaining using professional terminology, for things like different types of Sumerian texts or varieties of mythological figures.
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Gap] Baal and Anat persuade Aštart to saddle an ass and to visit her husband El, in order to plead on Baal’s behalf. El is pleasantly surprised to see her and finally gives his consent for the building of Baal’s palace. Aštart reminds him that now is the right time for Baal’s rains, who ‘will sound his voice in the clouds, let loose the lightnings of the earth’. Anat brings the good news to Baal who instructs Kothar-and-Hasis upon the design of the palace, insisting that it should have no windows.
Eri—Babylonian goddess Her name means ‘Lady of the Steppe’. She was the wife of the nomad god Amurru. In view of the conceptual connection the Babylonians made between the steppe and the Underworld, the goddess was also associated with the realm of the dead, where she functioned as a scribe. e-ri was identified with the Sumerian goddess Geštinanna. Edzard, WdM 1965, 46 Berossus A Babylonian priest who lived under the reign of the Seleucid king Antiochus I (3rd C BC). He is known as the author of a volume called Babyloniaca.
He was the central deity of Ugarit; most Ugaritic personal names contained the actual name Baal, or one of his epithets, and at least two temples were dedicated to him. As a weather-god, Baal is one of the most important deities for the western parts of the Near East. As rkb ’rpt, ‘the rider of the clouds’, he is manifest in the storms which herald the autumn season with thunder and lightning, the rain-swollen clouds and the coastal breeze. He symbolizes the life-giving principle of fertility in crops, animals and people.
A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology by Gwendolyn Leick