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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 comprises entries on gods and goddesses, giving proof in their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by means 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 short historical past 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 kinds of mythological figures.

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He is cursed by Ninhursag as well as Ninmah for his intellectual arrogance and directly challenged by Inanna (see also Inanna and Enki), to whom he is otherwise well-disposed. Enki was one of the major Mesopotamian gods and this is also reflected by his official position in the pantheon. In most god lists he occupies the third rank after An and Enlil, his only rival being the Mother-goddess. He is well attested in personal names and seal-inscription, since Enki was considered to be the most approachable among the ‘great gods’.

Anat is worried about Baal and asks anxiously what enemy could be threatening him now that she has dealt with all his foes. The messengers reassure her that Baal is safe and invite her to join their master. From her distant cave, she swiftly heads for Zaphon, where Baal receives her hospitably. [gap] Baal complains to Anat that he alone among the gods has no house or 19 BAAL-MYTHS court. Anat takes up his case and rushes to her father El. She demands that he does something about Baal’s house, since Baal is now ‘our king, our judge, nobody is over him’.

The following synopsis follows the recent translation by de Moor (1987). 101, 1, 3). Baal is surrounded by his daughters Pidray, ‘the girl of the honey-dew’, and Tallay, ‘the girl of the mist’, while a minstrel sings to the sound of cymbals. [gap of some 40 lines] Then follows a section that is also known as THE PALACE OF BAAL. It begins with the description of the goddess Anat, who adorns and scents herself before she goes down into the valleys to fight ‘between two cities’, where she smites the people of the seashore.

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