Ugarit, now also known as Lattakia, is an ancient seaport of the Levant.
Immediately, I see certain similar etymologies in the words, “Ugarit,” and “Uyghur.” Since they are of Turkish origin, it would be interesting to know their original migratory patterns/settlements and if there is still shared ancestral DNA with Ugarit. There is also the phonetic spelling of “Tuarig” (“Tuareg”) in the anagram of “Ugarit.” Both of those cultures are under constant attack and oppression in their respective countries.
Beyond geography, why is Ugarit important for these pages? It is the where the Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal was found.
In reviewing the other goddesses of Ugarit, I see the similarities between Anat and her other names resembling those of other historical women of high regard but perhaps not of a divine origin, as well as goddesses. Of course, there is the anagram Atan, which one could easily then derive “Aten,” the Egyptian god. The first other name of Anat is Hana. This is quite similar to the Hawa or Hava of Eve, but not far from the other name of Odin, “Havi.” There is similarity as well to the Bactrian goddess, Nana. The connection to Nana is especially interesting given findings of fertility goddess statues with lions/leopards in Catalhoyuk. However, with Anat, we have even greater connection to the virginal mother of Jesus, Mary, in her name Mari Hanat, and also to Artemis with Anat being a huntress who uses a bow. Particularly intriguing was the depiction of Anat by another scholar as messenger or go between of the Gods-this would be more in the vein of a human high priestess or prophetess. And, again, we are brought back to the mention that that Adam might have anointed Eve. It could be that she was anointed as his high priestess or as a priestess of some sort. And Anat is said to have a twin sister named…Myrrh.
The root word, “catal,” also reminds me of the words “katal,” “kattal,” and kattalu.”
Of note is the goddess name “Nikkal.” Within the name are link to “Aliki,” the Tokelau/Tuvalu word for, “chief.” There is also the letters that form “Alika,” a form of Alexander, that also means “protector of men.” The aliki was also a type of Greek sandal and an ancient site on Thasos (near ancient Siphai and Tipha. Teeva (pronunciation for Tipha) is also a modern shoe brand. This brings my thoughts to the meaning of shoe in Spanish can also mean beetle crusher. I have not yet ascertained who the beetles were but their crushers may have been tied to sandals and shoes and possibly being shoemakers. More information about sandals and their ties to prostitution will be at the bottom of the page. But in a modern context, there are also the Maori who prefer to walk barefoot. And also the constant battle between the goddess of perceived chastitty and the one of prostitutes. This may be related to the beetle concept as well.
Could it be that certain sea ports were known for prostitution and were run by foreign pimps or even governments? That is to be explored on its own page.