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Genesis 1-3 In the beginning, Elah Yam (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep and the spirit of Elah Yam (Elohim) moved upon the face of the waters. Elah Yam said let there be light and there was light... And Elah Yam said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree whose seed is in itself and it was so... And Elah Yam said, let the earth bring forth the nephesh chayah after his kind, cattle and creeping thing, and beast after its kind; and it was so.
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The holy tree would be compared to the respiratory system of the Great Mother. The trachea connects the pharynx and larynx to the lungs allowing for the passage of air. The trachea along with the esophagus is a nephesh and is responsible for maintaining chayim. The bronchial tubes must be kept moist with mucus. The Hebrew word mashah is to anoint and is mucus for the deity. Moses is attributed as the source for many of the Elah Yam to YHWH myth transmutations. He was responsible for maintaining chayim in the wilderness. Moses, moshe, masheh, messiah. are anointing words of the Great Mother. Also mucus and muscle.
Coating the nephesh of the deity with oil was a good deed performed for a favor in return. "Elah yam" also means to make a request. Moses was making a request when he fashioned a type of nephesh while in the Tsin wilderness to protect the people against snakebite. Moses was an interloper trying to make sense of the ancient goddess religion and thereby exploit regional resources. The snake in a tree is the three branches of the bronchial tube for breathing and the esophagus for consuming food.
The esophagus is a muscular tube that passes food to the stomach. It is aided by peristaltic contractions to push the food through, much like the snake. In the digestive tract, muscle tissue contracts in sequence to produce a wave which propels food along the passageway. Peristaltic movement is comprised of relaxation of circular smooth muscles, then their contraction behind the food to keep it from moving backward. Snakes and earthworms move food through their systems, likewise, in a slow wave. Another peristaltic function is childbirth. The fetus moves through the birth canal in waves of contractions. A later depiction of the nephesh is two snakes on a pole; the second representing childbirth
Genesis 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the terebinth of Moreh.
The Terebinth tree produced a multitude of products that would be easily transportable
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Abram and Moses were immigrants to this region and so the alchemical myths would have sounded strange. Their translation of the indigenous goddess to our ears sounds bizarre. A dragon mother providing bounty from her lair under the twin mountains, at the confluence of two rivers, in the midst of the celestial double-deep. Her lunar milk sap of Oak and Terebinths provided perfumes, dyes and other tinctures. The same skill set used to manufacture products from the cuttlefish could be used to process tree sap. Myrrh from the terebinth and myrrh from the processed cuttlefish were used interchangeably. It is not surprising that the sea goddess would be imagined as a cuttlefish.
Tannin from the Tannyn, and marrow from Miryam were some of the raw products Elah Yam provided the populace. The Great Mother of Heaven required sustenance and so she devoured flesh of the dead. Later, she was worshiped by many supplicants whose main duty was to ritually feed her. There certainly was much enterprise generated by her needs. Craftsmen, myrrh harvesters, fishermen had much to gain from veneration of Elah Yam. She was worshiped in groves on high places where both harvesting and processing must have taken place. In her later Ugaritic persona, she was known as Elat Athirat of the Sea. During King Josiah's reformation, her groves were cut down to eliminate worship. Afterward, he wanted to know, "are we to give up the balms and unguents as well?"