Asherah

March 9th, 2008 by sabrina

Asherah is the Semitic Goddess of fertility, the moon, and the sea. She, along with her sisters Astarte and Anat, was known by various names throughout the ancient Mesopotamian area, and is sometimes confused with her sisters. Asherah appears in the Hebrew Bible as the consort of Yahweh and is represented by a sacred tree or pole.

In the Ugaritic tradition, Asherah is consort of the God El, the father of all the Gods. She is mother of the gracious Gods, the 70 sons of El. She is often depicted either standing with or riding a lion, and she is usually naked, symbolic of her role as fertility Goddess.

Her many names come from the fact that she was worshipped throughout the ancient Near East. She is known as Athirat or Atirat in Ugaritic; Ashratum or Ashratu in Akkadian; and Asherdu, Ashertu, Aserdu, or Asertu in Hittite. Other names and epithets include:
Qadesh (holy)
Qatesh
Qetesh
Kadesh
Qadeshet
Qodesh
Qudshu
Elat (feminine form of El)
Labi’atu (Lady of Lions)
Dat ba’thani (Lady of the Serpent)
Rabat Chawat ‘Elat (Great Lady Eve the Goddess)
Rabat ‘Athirat Yam (Great Lady She who Treads on the Sea)
Lady of Heaven
Queen of Heaven
Lady of the Stars of Heaven
Mistress of all the Gods
Queen of the Gods
She who gives birth to the Gods
Progenitrix of the Deities
Wet-nurse of the Gods
Lady of the Sea
Lady who Traverses the Sea
Goddess of the Tree of Life
Goddess of the Grove
Sacred Grove
Sacred Cow

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