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The Canaanite Pantheon is a very complex matter that is fascinating to anyone interested in either history or religion In order to achieve a be3tter understanding of this topic one must first have a small body of knowledge concerning the Canaanites themselves IN this paper I will first discuss who the Canaanites actually were This will include their origin their location and their language After establishing this base knowledge I will then discuss the Canaanite religious system At that time I will bring forth the major topic of my paper the Canaanite PantheonMuch of what we originally knew of the Canaanites came from the biblical account of early history According to the bible the Canaanites descended from a man named Canaan the fourth son of Ham who was one of the sons of Noah Over time these people became known as Canaanites The Canaanites occupied a section of land bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east Its northern boundary was the ancient nation of Phoenicia and the Sinai Peninsula to the south Most of the land was unfit for cultivation because it was dry mountainous and rocky However along the coastal plains and river valleys much fertile farm land could be found The composition of the land played an important role in the religion of the Canaanites The Canaanites began to settle in the area known as Canaan well before 2000 BC The Canaanite civilization became dominant between 2100 BC and 1500 BC also known as the Middle Bronze Age The Canaanite civilization had various classes ranging in nobility to lower class peasantry Much of what we know about Canaanite language has come from the discovery of ancient Ugaritic texts found at Ras Shamra These texts were written using alphabetic cuneiform a language developed solely by the Canaanites The texts found at Ras Shamra are almost entirely religious in nature and serve as the primary
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