Goddess Atargatis  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"ATARGATIS "IS AN ANCIENT FERTILITY GODDESS OF SYRIA, THE GREAT MISTRESS OF THE LANDS; SHE CREATED THE WORLD. SHE WAS ALSO WORSHIPPED THROUGHOUT EGYPT, ANCIENT PALESTINE, AND GREECE. SHE IS THOUGHT TO BE LINKED WITH ISHTAR, ANAT, AND ASTARTE AND IS SOMETIMES DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WEARING A CROWN AND CARRYING GRAINS. AT OTHER TIMES, WE FIND HER REPRESENTED AS A MERMAID WITH THE TAIL OF A FISH AND THE BODY OF A WOMAN. HER FOLLOWERS REFUSE TO EAT FISH OUT OF RESPECT FOR HER. THEY WORSHIPPED HER WITH SONG AND DANCE.

SHE IS CONSIDERED THE FOUNDER OF SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE, AND AS A GODDESS OF FERTILITY, GIVING HER POWER AND STRENGTH OVER TO NATURE. AND, AS A MERMAID GODDESS, SHE RULES OVER VEGETATION AND MOISTURE. THEY ALSO SAY THAT IT WAS ATARGATIS WHO PROTECTED THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY.

THERE ARE SEVERAL MYTHS ABOUT HER ORIGIN. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS ONE LEGEND THAT TELLS US THAT SHE CAME TO THE EARTH IN AN EGG WHICH LANDED IN THE EUPHRATES RIVER. IT WAS FROM THIS EGG THAT THE MERMAID ATARGATIS HATCHED. ANOTHER TALE SUGGESTS THAT SHE WAS ACTUALLY TRANSFORMED FROM THE BODY AND SPIRIT OF A PREGNANT GIRL WHO HAD THROWN HERSELF INTO THE RIVER AND EMERGED AS HALF FISH.

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