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Ritual in Narrative

The Dynamics of Feasting, Mourning, and Retaliation Rites in the Ugaritic Tale of Aqhat

David P. Wright

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Ritual in Narrative

The Dynamics of Feasting, Mourning, and Retaliation Rites in the Ugaritic Tale of Aqhat

David P. Wright

Ugaritic ritual texts are varied and, by nature, problematic. But another source for ritual understanding is found in the narrative writings of Ugarit—namely, its myths and legends. Ritual texts in myths were not simply textual inserts but an integral part of the narrative. This present study is devoted to the examination of the way that ritual functions within the context of these stories.

 

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Ugaritic ritual texts are varied and, by nature, problematic. But another source for ritual understanding is found in the narrative writings of Ugarit—namely, its myths and legends. Ritual texts in myths were not simply textual inserts but an integral part of the narrative. This present study is devoted to the examination of the way that ritual functions within the context of these stories.

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Felicitous Feasts and Offerings

Daniil’s First Offering

The Filial Duties

The Blessing of Daniil

The Offering to the Kotharat

The Meal for Kothar-wa-Hasis

The Blessing of Aqhat

Conclusion to Part 1

2. Infelicitous Feasts and Offerings

The Feast with Anat

Anat’s Complaint to Il

Anat’s Killing of Aqhat

Conclusion to Part 2

3. Mourning and Retaliation

Anat’s Mourning

Daniil’s Agricultural Rites

The Messengers and Conjuration of the Vultures

The Curse on the Locales

Conclusion to Part 3

4. Renewal and Revenge

Daniil’s dbh and the Blessing of Pughai

The Wine Service for Yatupan

Conclusion to Part 4

General Conclusion

Indexes

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