This thread is the first of a 'Trinity' of threads, exploring several ancient regions and religions, with the ultimate goal of discovering the
identity of [YHWH]
and [Satan]. In part 1, I'm going to focus mainly on the Canaate part of the story, with some influences from other regions
here and there.
[Note: This is actually my first thread, so apologies if it isn't in line with the rules, wrong forum, or if the layout is a bit of a mess.]
Religious practices of the Canaates
The Mother Goddess of the Canaates is [Ašerah]
. She is the Lady of [El]
, the Creator, Father and Heavenly Bull. [Baäl]
of her many children, but these 3 Gods are the most important Trinity of the early Canaate people.
is often depicted as a tree. The word 'ašerah' (no capital) means as much as pilaster, column or pole. It is also a name for a
'sacred tree'. A green tree which was seen as a reference for life and near which often a local treecult arose. Usually, two of those tree's would
stand at the entrance of a temple.
is also known as [Elat]
, the female form of [El]
, and [Qodesh]
, meaning Holyness. Her holy women or temple
priestresses were known as 'Qadešu'. The High-Priestresses were very important to the Canaate people, as they were considered the representative of
the Mother Goddess, and were therefor the absolute rulers of the land/city. It was the High-Priestress or 'Baälat', also 'Belit', who gave the
Lord 'Baäl', also 'Bel', his rulership by way of ceremonial communion. This was a sexual ritual which represented the union of the son with his
Honorable women were deemed to serve as templeprostitutes. Selling their bodies and virginity in service of the Mother Goddess and [Baäl]
was therefor seen as a highly respected position. The money they earned with their sacred service were donated to the temple, meaning the
High-Priestress. The 'Baälat'. Eventually, their servitude naturally ended by becoming pregnant, thus proving their fertility.
Gods or Rulers?
By now, many will have recognized certain names and symbolism. To continue forward with the story, we need to figure out who was who. This is
important to understand who [El]
are, but especially to understand who exactly [Baäl]
is, as [Baäl]
of the most notorious character's in history according to the Abrahamic religions.
So, let's dive a bit deeper into the names, meanings and origins of these God's, and what better place to start than the biggest enemy of
, as I mentioned earlier, is the Canaate God of Fertility. But, he is also the God of Thunder, Storm, Rain and War, aka a [[Stormgod]].
Besides that, it is also a title given to the Lord of a city. Because of this, history has known many 'Baäl's'.
It is also important to note that the word 'Baäl' is West-Semetic, and the word 'Bel' is East-Semetic. In Hebrew the word is 'Ba'al'. All 3
have the same meaning, which is 'Lord'.
This is where many of the demons names come from. For example, ''Beëlzebub'', also known as 'Lord of the fly's', is a mocking name for 'Baäl
Zebul', which means 'Lord of the House'. 'Hannibal', known by many from the movies, simply means 'Glory of Baäl'. Not to mention the word
'cannibal'... I think everyone can figure this one out.
I can list dozens of (Biblical/Historical) names/words here which are directly related to these word's for 'Lord' but I want to get on point
quickly. So, I introduce to you:
from Ugarit grew to be the mightiest 'Baäl' of the region, though still standing below the Father God [El]
was typically seen as the (for)father of [Hadad]
. The holy virgin sister/wife of [Hadad]
Besides that, he has Three daughters; [Pidray]
'Raining' and [Ar?ay]
'Earth'. It was the [[Stormgod]]
who came into conflict with a somewhat similar [[Stormgod]] later known as [YHWH]
Again we can see the importance of the Trinity for the Canaate people. This is a reocurring theme throughout Canaan (Also, Egypt, Babylon, and more).
It seems to be the cornerstone of most religions on Earth.
This time however, there is no mention of a Mother Goddess. Instead we were just introduced to [Anat]
, his holy virgin sister/wife. It is
likely she is either a form of the Mother Goddess, or a Temple High-Priestress, respresenting the Mother Goddess, which was
. This is especially likely if you compare the alternative name of [Anat]
, to the names of the
Besides that, [Hadad]
also had two brothers, [Jam]
. We will skip [Motu]
for now. Instead, we want to focus on
Of all the Gods, [Jam]
is the most hostile towards [Baäl]
is the god of the oceans. He is the one who
controls storms and disasters. He resides at the absolute bottom of the oceans/Earth. Again, a [[Stormgod]]. According to certain texts, it was
who asked the Father [El]
to have rulership over all the other Gods. [El]
agreed, but only if he could defeat the
. He lost the fight though. [Hadad]
cut him in pieces and crowned himself King. According to another legend however,
was compensated (or rewarded?) by getting the Mother Goddess [Astarte]
as his bride.
This would make more sense, because of several reasons:
1; Alternative names of [Jam]
2; The name of the Father God [El]
was changed to [Yaw]
3; In Egyptian texts from roughly 410bC, Hebrew mercenaries mention a Goddess named [Anat-Jahu] (Anat-Jahweh)
In Israel the Heavenly Father Bull God [El
got repulsed by the [[Stormgod]] [Jahweh]
It appears the God [Jam]
took over as Father God after getting the Mother Goddess [Astarte]
(or the ''holy
) as his bride. But, did he really get her as a bride, or was there something else going on? According to certain texts,
went to a more 'Heavenly' place, and gave the 'Crown' and Rulership to the younger Gods.