She is often now popularly described as the mermaid-goddess, from her fish-bodied appearance at Ascalon and in Diodorus Siculus — a widely accessible source — but which is by no means her universal appearance.
At Ugarit, cuneiform tablets attest a fecund "Lady Goddess of the Sea" (rabbat 'atiratu yammi), as well as three Canaanite goddesses — Anat, Asherah and Astarte (Ashtart) — who shared many traits and might be worshipped in conjunction or separately during 1500 years of cultural history.Possible late transfigurations: Atar-gatis, Atar, without the feminine suffix, is identified with the goddess Atah (Athah) worshipped at Palmyra, and may have had a shared origin with Anat. Atah was combined with Astarte (Ashtart) under the name Atar into the goddess Atar‘atah known to the Hellenes as Atargatis. If this origin for Atah is correct, then Atargatis is effectively a combination of Astarte and Anat.
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