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Definition: Daughter of the Sumerian god El, and Baal's sister, Anat is an archer, virgin, and nursemaid to the gracious gods. Anat was called the Lady of Heaven and Mistress of all gods. Sometimes Anat is the daughter of the Egyptian god Re. The primary capacity of Anat is goddess of the hunt, the mistress of animals. Anat traveled to the Underworld to rescue her brother, Baal.

Reference:

  • "Anat" The Oxford Companion to World mythology. David Leeming. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • "Anat: Ugarit's 'Mistress of Animals,'" by Peggy L. Day; Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Jul., 1992), pp. 181-190.

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Alternate Spellings: Anath
Examples:
In the story of Anat an Aqhat, Aqhat has a bow that the hunter Anat covets. Aqhat refuses her offers and insults Anat saying hunters should not be women. Offended, Anat asks El if she can punish the mortal hero. El agrees. Anat offers to go with Aqhat to the city of the moon where they would live together. Anat gets Yatpan to agree to help Anat steal the bow, but instead he kills Aqhat.

References:

  • Orion: The Myth of the Hunter and the Huntress, by Joseph Eddy Fontenrose.
  • "The North-Canaanite Myth of Anath and Aqhat, II," by H. L. Ginsberg; Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, (1945) pp. 15-23

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