Talk:Anat

From New World Encyclopedia
Unification Aspects:

How one considers the significance of Anat from a Unificationist perspective depends on whether one looks at her primarily as a false goddess who was a threat to Israelite society or a manifestation of the Original Mind of the Canaanites. To the extent that she was a false goddess, she can be seen as exercising a negative influence, both on the Israelites who may have been tempted to worship her and on the Canaanites who were influenced by her satanic aspects. To the extent that she represented the Original Mind of the Canaanites, she was a magnificent manifestation of the passion and purity of the Divine Feminine.

Carl Jung spoke of deities as a manifestation of the collective unconscious of humankind. In this context, Anat may be seen as an archetype of the Warrior Maiden. This archetype not only manifests in similar goddesses such as Athena, Diana, Artemis, etc., but also in characters of literature and history. In history, Anat's passion in war may be seen in such a figures as Boudica, the first-century Celtic queen of in Eastern Britain who led a major uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire, and Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orleans" who animated the revival of French armies in the twelfth century. In mythology, beside the goddesses named above, examples include the Amazons of Greek legend and the Valkyries of Norse myth. Examples from fiction include Éowyn, the Shieldmaiden of Rohan in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Princess Leia in George Lucas' Star Wars epic film.

According to Jung, archetypes such as the Warrior Maiden are accessible to everyone who shares in the cultural inheritance that produced these powerful collective energies. Young girls today are often inspired by such figures, be they warlike saints like Joan of Arc, athletic "warriors" like U.S. soccer star Mia Hamm or women's basketball great Sheryl Swoopes, political fighters such as Susan B. Anthony, or fictional characters like Princess Leia and a myriad of other movie and cartoon warrior women. Such archetypal strong young women harken back to the ideal originally embodied by such figures as Anat. Their absolute commitment to their causes is an inspiration to girls and young women today to fight for the greater good and avoid the temptations of adolescence that too often lead them astray. In this sense, we might even think of Virgin Anat as a guardian angel.
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