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Dan Belnap

Dan Belnap earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.

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Fillets of Fatling and Goblets of Gold

The Use of Meal Events in the Ritual Imagery in the Ugaritic Mythological and Epic Texts
ISBN: 978-1-59333-084-2
This study focuses on the imagery of meals and feasting in the Baal Myth and Kirta and Aqhat epics. Utilizing contemporary approaches to ritual, these meal events reveal the manner in which ritual behavior described and defined the different social relationships with the Ugaritic pantheon and the interactions between the divine and mortal realms. This study demonstrates the role successful ritual behavior played in the organization and presentation of characters within the narratives, as well as the role of unsuccessful or failed rituals associated with the meal event, which resulted in social chaos and confusion.
$107.40