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By Gwendolyn Leick

ISBN-10: 020302852X

ISBN-13: 9780203028520

ISBN-10: 0415198119

ISBN-13: 9780415198110

The Dictionary of historical close to japanese 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 background in their transmission throughout the a long time; and entries explaining using expert terminology, for things like different types of Sumerian texts or sorts of mythological figures.

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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. Baal battles valiantly against the unruly waters of the sea and the scorching heat of summer. Like Baal-Zephon he has his abode on the cloudy summits of Jebel el-Aqra. Another epithet is zbl, ‘prince’, the origin of the corrupted ‘Baalzebub’ of the Old Testament.

It was written in Greek. Only fragments of some mythological accounts are preserved, mainly in the form of quotations by later Greek writers. Schnabel 1923; Burstein 1978 25 C Canaanite mythology see Ugaritic mythology Cosmogonies Although the considerable amount of secondary literature on this topic seems to suggest otherwise, cosmogony was not in itself a literary genre. Most ‘cosmogonies’ are to be found in Mesopotamian sources in connection with a variety of subjects, such as incantations, rituals or other literary compositions.

Enki complies but insists on deciding their fate himself. Ninmah sets to work and makes six human creatures, who all suffer some defect. The nature of their deformities is difficult to understand. The first seems to have something wrong with his arm, so Enki appoints him to be a certain type of court official. The second being has a ‘tic’—his eyes are constantly blinking; he is to be a singer. The third is crippled, but Enki also finds a ‘good fate’ for him, although we don’t understand what it is.

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