The Epic of Ba’al Hadad (The Ba’al ‘Cycle’), Part 2


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‘Anatu, the warrior goddess of the ‘Iluma, makes it a personal mission to obliterate all of her love Hadad’s enemies (Mainly Yammu’s minions) to secure his kingship. She paints herself in dye, anoints herself in perfume, and goes on a killing spree. She takes down entire armies but similar to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, is ‘drunk’ off the power. (I believe Sekhmet was actually drunk though, ‘Anat is just metaphorically drunk). She goes to her home, piles up the furniture like an army and proceeds to destroy it all. She washes herself after the battle and repaints herself with henna.

Hadad invites her to his feast by sending his two messengers to summon her. At first when she sees them she believes they bring bad news about Hadad, and she trembles in fear. ‘Anat perks up when she is invited to the feast by her beloved. The two share a moment when Hadad confides in her his plan to build a palace- but to do so he needs the permission of ‘Ilu.

‘Anat goes to her father and demands he give Hadad permission to construct a palace. She threatens to soak ‘Ilu’s beard in his own blood if he doesn’t. ‘Ilu dismisses her as a hot headed child (very nonchalantly I might add- making it clear she actually threatens him all the time, as is her nature).

Clearly demanding permission doesn’t work. So Hadad requests that Kothar-wa-Khasis make beautiful gifts for the Queen of the Pantheon, ‘Athirat. They approach her with the gifts which she gratefully accepts and agrees to talk to ‘Ilu. Her servants prepare a donkey for her to travel on (a symbol of royal transportation, which may later allude to Jesus Christ riding on the back of a donkey when entering Jerusalem).

‘Athirat talks to her husband ‘Ilu. He offers her refreshments, food, and his favor. She asks that he allow Ba’al Hadad to construct a palace, and he teases her with his response. He agrees to give permission.

Kothar-wa-Khasis builds Hadad’s palace out of cedar, bricks, gold, silver, lapis, and gems. He uses a magical fire to construct bring everything together. Hadad throws a housewarming feast for the Divine Assembly in celebration. However, almost like Yammu, Hadad becomes arrogant and cocky. He sends his messengers to gloat to Motu, the god of death. In response Motu sends them back to Hadad with a message: “My appetite is never ending, I would love to be invited to your feast so I can consume your corpse, Hadad”. (Paraphrasing). Motu’s message has a bitter ring, and Hadad shrinks back in humility and caution.

Note: I have no post for Motu either, one will be uploaded eventually. I’m saving him for last. 

(via fantasticallyvicious)