Egyptian Gods: Baal

Baal was a God of Thunder, originally from western Semitic. He was worshipped in Egypt from the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom. His name Baal also spelled as Ba’al. Baal simple means ‘Lord’ or ‘Owner’. Sometimes, he is called Re’ammin, meaning ‘Thunderer’, or Aleyin, meaning ‘Most High’, ‘Mightiest’, ‘Most Powerful’ or ‘Supreme’.

His appearance portrayed as man standing with a pointed beard of Syrian style, wearing a horned helmet and carrying weapon in his raised hand such as a sword, a club made from a cedar tree, or a thunderbolt.

According to myth, Baal was the son of a major northwest Semitic god, Dagan. He was killed by the god of death, Mot but he was resurrection by his sister or lover Anat, the violent war goddess.

As the god of thunderstorms, he was known to be a rider of clouds, most active during storms but was also considered to be a “lord of heaven and earth”, even controlling earth’s fertility. He was also given various titles such as “Most High Prince/Master”, “Conqueror of Warriors”, “Mightiest, Most High, Supreme, Powerful, Puissant”, “the Warrior” and “Prince, Master of the Earth”.

He is a famous deity at Memphis and other several areas. His cult center was built for him at Baal Saphon near Tanis in the northern Delta.