While still a youth, the hero Aqhat's aged father (Daniel) entertained Kothar-wa-Hasis, the Divine Craftsman, the West Semitic equivalent of Hephaestus/Vulcan. In thanks, Kothar gave the youth a wonderful golden or composite hunting bow. Anat wanted the bow and tried to persuade Anat to give it to her. She offered wealth, sexual favors and even immortality, but in response, Aqhat only made a snide comment about her gender and called her a trickster who wouldn't deliver on her offer of eternal life.
The next step in her revenge plan: Anat persuaded Aqhat to go with her to Yatpan's hometown, Abelim, which was ruled by the moon god, Yarikh. She then transformed Yatpan into a Near Eastern hunter's tool -- a bird of prey -- who attacked and killed Aqhat just as if he were the hunter goddess' quarry.
Back in human form, Yatpan entertained Aqhat's sister, Paghat, whom he thought was really Anat, at his home. When Yatpan was thoroughly inebriated, Paghat killed him. A new Aqhat was reborn.
For more of the details, including the areas where the story had to be extrapolated because of lacunae, see:
- "Who Killed Cock Robin in the Tale of Aqhat the Youth?," by Omega Means Starr; Folklore, Vol. 87, No. 1 (1976), pp. 38-49.
- "Anat: Ugarit's 'Mistress of Animals'," by Peggy L. Day; Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Jul., 1992), pp. 181-190.
- "The North-Canaanite Myth of Anath and Aqhat, II," by H. L. Ginsberg; Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, No. 98 (Apr., 1945), pp. 15-23.
This is a repeat from December 2010.
Previous 2012 Myth Mondays:
- Hercules Hurls His Guest
- Olympics Origins II: Myrtilos
- Hercules the Giant-Killer
- The First Tyrant
- The King and the Harpies
- The Dawn Goddess Loves a Mortal
- Even a Boar Wishes to Kiss Adonis
- Hero and Leander
- Who Were the Argonauts?
- The Chimera
- Narcissus and Echo
- How Perseus Fits In
- Hesiod and the Bestiary
- The First Olympics Origins I
- Dionysus and the Return of Hephaestus
- Zeus, the Recent Victor of the Titanomachy, Wins Once More in Hesiod's 'Theogony'
- Atlas, the Titan Who Didn't Shrug
- Troilus and ... Polyxena
- Who Is the Virgo?
- Pandora's Box
- Achilles and His Heel
- Hercules and His Labors
- The First Humans
- The Death of Pentheus
- Greek Ghosts
- One More Underworld God
- A Norse God of Winter
- "Why Is Gold Called Sif's Hair?"
- How Much Do You Know About Athena?
- How Much Do You Know About Artemis?
- Zeus vs Kronos
- Requests - Osiris
- Janus Looks to the New Year