Off-topic request for opinion from all you literary types

Roger Burton West roger at
Tue Jan 11 17:22:59 EST 2005

On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:49:36PM +0000, minnow at wrote:
>If the Middle East had a pantheon of gods rather than One
>God, would there be a very important male god-of-thunder-and-rain who had
>to be placated, the way there is in the Norse pantheon, or would she be a
>lady who had to be wooed, I wonder.

Will Babylon do you? Marduk started off as a fertility god
(specifically of the water-making-the-plants-grow sort) and is
unambiguously a Good Guy.

The Phoenician myth is slightly more ambiguous; the Aleyin-Mot story
has excessively abundant rain, overflowing rivers, and so on, as a sign
of Things Going Wrong.


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