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Asherah

Mythic, worshipped by Semitic peoples of Syria and Israel, beginning circa 1200 B.C.E.

Scholars generally agree that Asherah is identical to Athirat, the mother goddess worshipped in the ancient city of Ugarit (in Syria). Asherah/Athirat, known as “she who treads on the sea,” was the partner of El, the supreme god. Hebrew women baked small cakes in the form of Asherah which were then blessed and eaten. This practice was the original source for the communion wafer used in Catholic services.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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