n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Pidray, Tallay and Arsay in the Baal Cycle

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


The Ugaritic Baal Cycle cites three of Baal's daughters: Pidray, Tallay, and Arsay. These three characters have not been fully studied, despite their status as the children of one of the major figures among the gods of Ugarit. This paper explores these three goddesses and what may be gleaned about them, concentrating on the material from the Baal Cycle. Their epithets are routinely related etymologically to weather phenomena in studies citing them. The weather aspect of their relationship to Baal should be considered carefully. A wider issue explored by this paper is the connection between the Ugaritic perceptions of the divine and natural phenomena. The role of Baal's daughters also reflects light on the role of Baal within the Cycle which bears his name.

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