Dances with the Gods
Canaanite-Phoenician Myths & Legends Retold
Imagine yourself born more than three thousand years ago in a land both varied and beautiful. Cedar forests covered its mountains. Corn and wheat grew in its fields and grapes flourished in its vineyards. Rivers rushed down its mountains through gorges so stunning that they gave birth to legends of the gods.
In ancient times, the land of Canaan, what historians now call Phoenicia, stretched northward from Gaza, on the coast of Palestine, to include Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Byblos, Tripoli, Ugarit and Baalbek-Heliopolis.
Here is a set of myths that originated in this beautiful and varied land, their stories encompassing the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world, including Greece and Cyprus.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wafa Stephan Tarnowski, Lebanese-Australian, is a former journalist and radio broadcaster who teaches English and is currently finishing her Masters in Sociology at the American University of Beirut.
She is married to Reuters correspondent Andrew Tarnowski and has worked and lived in Australia, India, Poland, Cyprus and Lebanon. Dances with the Gods is her first children’s book.