A Canaanite and Phoenician goddess of fertility who was also regarded as an aggressive goddess of battle. Known as the "Lady of the Mountain", she was worshipped throughout northern Israel, Lebanon, and Syria from prehistoric times (circa 2500 B.C. until around the first century A.D.). In works of art, she is often depicted as a nude young woman having exaggerated breasts and genitalia. She is regarded as part of a goddess trinity, along with the fertility goddess Athirat and the great mother goddess Aserah.
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