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ASHERAH
Also known as ATHERAT, ATHIRAT, ELAT

A picture showing the legend of ASHERAH taken from our Middle-Eastern mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Middle-Eastern Gods, Middle-Eastern Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Mother Goddess, El's wife and mom of seventy-seven gods

Or was it eighty-eight? She seems to have lost count. But no-one has heard of most of them, so it probably doesn't matter.

Known as 'She Who Walks Upon The Sea', ASHERAH is an important Mother Goddess and also the wife of Top God EL. She was obviously held in very high esteem by her many worshippers in Biblical times. Wooden pillars erected in her honor were so numerous that even YAHWEH himself felt a little threatened. These so-called 'Asherah Poles' are mentioned several times in the Old Testament — usually accompanied by the words 'Thou shalt not'.

Despite her popularity, as usual with ancient Middle-Eastern deities, there is plenty of scope for confusion. The various spellings and regional changes of her name seem to lead everywhere and nowhere. And we still don't know why she walks on the sea.

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Article last updated on 09 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ASHERAH : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ASHERAH
Area or people : Canaan, Phoenicia
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ATHERAT, ATHIRAT, ELAT
Popularity index : 326

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