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Also known as BA'AL, BAAL-HADAD

A picture showing the legend of BAAL 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!

Storm God of War known as the Cloud Monster

From humble beginnings as the Storm God HADAD, he grew to occupy top position in the Canaanite pantheon, taking charge of War and Heroic Action Adventure.

His consort is ANATH (later ASTARTE), the Goddess of Fertility and Sexuality. She's also his sister, but Gods don't worry about that kind of thing.

BAAL enjoyed top spot in the Middle-East pantheon and was worshipped far and wide. As the word Ba'al simply means 'Lord', there were several other deities knocking around the place with this title, so sometimes it's not clear from ancient sources which Lord is which.

Whether one deity or a handful, BAAL's reputation was irreversibly damaged when Jewish leaders took exception to a cult of his worshippers sneakily offering sacred prostitution in Palestine. They littered the Bible with anti-BAAL messages and took to calling him BEELZEBUB. In time he became universally hated.

Such is the power of the press. And now you know who to blame for everything from Ice Ages to Global Warming.

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Article last updated on 11 February 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : BAAL
Area or people : Canaan
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : BA'AL, BAAL-HADAD
Popularity index : 716

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