Anat's Feast


Anat's Feast


The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom

As some dark priest hales the reluctant victim,

Shall drag thee, cruel king, to kiss the blood

From these pale feet."



Kneeling before the throne of Anat,

Mother of Nations,

Mistress of the Gods,

Eternal Virgin!

Yes, show your adoration

To this bloodthirsty killer.


Can you propitiate her

With your submission

Or will you rouse her to fury?

Beware her rage for blood

Although, I think,

This warning comes too late.


This is her celebratory feast.

See, she is painted

With rouge and henna.

What does it signify?

The doors are closed.


She will slay you where you kneel.

She will wade knee-deep

In your frothing blood.

She will dismember you

And strap those grisly keepsakes

To her willowy waist.


Dedicated to Anat

Inspired by the artwork of Katia Meire Dos Santos

March 5th 1995


New Lamps For Old

Let's hope they never re-make Jason and the Argonaurs. What a waste of time! You would think that new things have to be way-out, but for some reason the oldest stories are the most way-out. You couldn't make them up. Try the Epic of Gilgamesh. Sumeria was one of the earliest cradles of civilisation with any kind of record-keeping or story-writing capacity. We can give credit to Ereshkigal for being Queen of the Underworld. And she didn't look like what we would expect her to look like in a Hollywood re-make. Oh no.



Baal was a god of the Canaanites. He turns up in the Bible quite a lot. I think his name was used as a component in some of the Miltonian devils. I bought a book on legends of the Holy Land. It was one of those cheap reprints of a text from the early 1900s. On the very first page it said that baal, a common noun, was the name given to Earth Mother figurines that turned up in the fields from time to time. It's the same kind of figurine that the Vikings didn't like in 13th Warrior.

Baal Lore


Was Baal a female deity? The Bible contains antipathy to the Whore of Babylon. Were the chief deities of the Mesopotamians female?