SML Ancient Correspondence ~ File Under: Single Searching for Love?

Are you looking for a new best friend, a fourth for game night, someone to look under the bed when it’s nighttime? Are you looking for the one?

There is Only One. World, Listen to Me. There is Only One. Kobold Points to the first person to name the real Carrie in the comments first. What’s a Kobold? You’ll have to wait till the next installment of Ancient Correspondence when we have more information on the one who has taken up residence in my apartment.

Here at Stuff Monsters Like we’ve seen our share of couples: the Hillside Stranglers, the Canadian Ken and Barbie, the Moors Murderers.

These two look like they’re going to do a lot of damage to a lot of hitchhikers.

May we play matchmaker?  We have a fine specimen of what everyone looks for in a female companion. Her name is ‘Anat and we find her in the Ugaritic myth of Ba’al. Ugaritic language comes from the ancient city of Ugarit in modern-day Syria.

The myth of Ba’al is Canaanite, a people you probably remember from the Hebrew Bible. Ba’al challenges another god, Yam, for rule of the gods. He is supported by ‘Anat who is described as going into battle scented with henna and spices. She calmly leaves the house, closing the gate behind her, and then – well, then:

She slaughters the people of the Western Shore

She destroys the men of the Eastern Sunrise

Beneath her like balls roll heads

Above her like locusts fly palms of hands

 like avenging grasshoppers are the hands of the quick warriors

Wait, what?

Grasshoppers may seem out of place and certainly do not appear to be scary. They tell us not to do bad things. They practice psychology and own Dalmatians!

Someone please tell me: is Pongo cognizant? Is he trapped in a canine body? When are all those puppies going to show up?

But wait until they come raining down from the sky about your face and neck, slipping down the back of your shirt and finding their way under each footstep. And what if those grasshoppers were actually human hands! ‘Anat is getting real, people.

‘Anat then takes these heads and hands and ties them to herself as trophies. Covered in human appendages she then wades

Up to her knees in the blood of the swift soldiers

To her thighs in the gore of quick warriors

You’re missing the heads and hands but the blood is making you look good, girl.

‘Anat then returns home from battle but she isn’t finished. Still thirsting for action,

She sets up chairs for swift soldiers

She sets up tables for troops

Footstools for heroes

Greatly she battles and beholds

‘Anat hews and cleaves and observes

Swelled are her innards with laughter

Filled is her heart with joy

The liver of ‘Anat with triumph

Dammit, looks like ’Anat has gotten here before us.

Once sated, ‘Anat, like everyone who has snuffed out human life, washes herself up and sets the house back in order before adorning herself in purple and perfume.

A perfect match! Right? Of course, right! You’ll be happy forever – until she kills you and then destroys all of your possessions.

‘Anat: Your Dream Girl

Early 2nd Millennium BCE, Syria, (The Walters Art Museum)

To Read More About ‘Anat and Ba’al check out this website.


Megan Miller is a classicist with a bent toward the macabre. She received her master’s from Oxford, but now tells as many monster stories as she can to the students in her university courses. To read more Ancient Correspondence, click here.

Megan Miller

SML's New Ancient Correspondent: Megan Miller is a classicist with a bent toward the macabre. She received her master's from Oxford, but now tells as many monster stories as she can to the students in her university courses. Stay tuned for more Ancient Correspondence, coming soon!

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