Hymn to Anat I

Rebecca Buchanan

‘Anwat

(among the Arabians)

‘Anat’Ashtart

(among the Syrians)

‘Attar’atta

(in the Aramaic tongue)

‘Anta     ‘Antu

(so named in Akkadia)

‘Anat     ‘Anath     ‘Anata

(so named in Ugarit)

Anit     Anti     Antit     Anant     Antart     Anatanta

(so named in Egypt)

she who is

The Maiden Who Lives on the Mountain of ‘Inbib

(batalat, sexually free, owned by no man)

but also

Heifer to the Bull of Ba’al

(mother of seventy calves)

and

Qadashu

(holy one of love)

but also

The Destroyer

(she wades through hip-deep blood and piss)

(she slew Yahm of the Abyss and Mot of the Pit)

but also

The Weaver of the Purple

(she crushes the murex in her hands)

but also

The Self-Anointed

(balsam on forehead, throat, wrists, belly she leads the sacrifice)

but also

The Refreshing Dew

(glistening in the early morning)

Lady

Many-Named

Who is the Strength of Life

and the Mother of Nations

 

 

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