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, also known as Athtar
, and Ashtar
is the god of the morning star in western Semitic
In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic was first used to refer to a language family of largely Middle Eastern origin, now called the Semitic languages...
mythology. In Canaan
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ite legend he attempts to usurp the throne of the dead god Baal
Baʿal is a Northwest Semitic title and honorific meaning "master" or "lord" that is used for various gods who were patrons of cities in the Levant and Asia Minor, cognate to Akkadian Bēlu...
but proves inadequate. In semi-arid regions of western Asia
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he was sometimes worshipped as a rain god. His female counterpart is the Phoenicia
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Astarte is the Greek name of a goddess known throughout the Eastern Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to Classical times...
. In more southerly regions he is probably known as Dhu-Samani.
Attar appears as the demon Ashtar in Shin Megami Tensei II
is a video game and direct sequel to Shin Megami Tensei for the Super Famicom released on March 18, 1994 in Japan. It was later remade for PlayStation in 2002, and then for Game Boy Advance in 2003. It is a console role-playing game and part of the Megami Tensei series...