Yarikh, is a moon god in the ancient Canaanite religion.The ancient land of Canaan, comprises the modern regions of Israel, the West Bank, Gaza Strip,Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
The English term Canaan appears as ‘ki-na-ah-na’ in the Amarna letters (14th century BC). That is the same as the Vedic and Sanskrit ‘Kaanha’ (कान्हा), which is another name of Sri Krishna – actually a mispronunciation of the name ‘Krishna’ with two lost syllables ‘r’ and ‘s’. Also ‘Kaanan’ (कानन) means ‘face of Bramha’.
Indian gods were not unknown in Israel and the rest of the Canaanite region. For more on the Sri Krishna and Sri Rama connection to the Canan civilization click here.
Now a bit about the Lord Siva connection to the Canan Civilization. The Canaanite Moon God Yarikh bears a remarkable resemblance to Lord Shiva, the Vedic Moon-god.
|Yarikh, the Canaanite Moon God bears a remarkable
resemblance to the Vedic Lord Shiva.
Yarikh is also known as Lord Sin.
|Lord Shiva, the Vedic Moon-God|
|Yarikh – The Canaanite Moon God
in the Padmasana yogic posture
|The Canaanite Moon God ‘Sin’.
Notice the posture and the crescent.
to depict Goddess Sin who is the
Caananite Moon Goddess. Notice the bulls.
|God Shiva and Goddess Shivi (Parvati)
with Nandi the Bull.
|God Yarikh with his insignia.
|Lord Shiva represented by the ‘linga’.
And on 17th September, 2014, Inna Lazareva reported from , Tel Aviv in The Telegraph that “A 5,000-year-old stone structure in the shape of the crescent moon in northern Israel has been identified to be an ancient monument, predating much of the construction of Stonehenge in England and Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt….. It was initially discovered in the early part of the 20th century, and was thought to form part of an ancient city’s defensive walls…But doctoral student Ido Wachtel from Hebrew University in Jerusalem recently made a convincing case that the construction served as a monument in its own right”.
|Crescent Moon Structure, Israel, dedicated to
the Yarikh Moon God. The shape is recognized in India
as Lord Shiva’s matted top-knot.
Presenting his findings at the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Switzerland Mr Wachtel said the structure may have been erected to honour the ancient Mesopotamian moon god, ‘Sin’.
One of the most important gods in Mesopotamian mythology, Sin, also known as ‘Nanna’, is symbolised as a crescent moon and is often depicted riding on a winged bull.”
|Shiv-Pora in Srinagar, Kashmir,India. Shiv-Pora
gets its name from the shape ofShiva’s top-knot.
|Lord Shiva, who is known as Som-nath,
(or the God of the Moon- ‘Soma’ is sanskrit for ‘moon’)
with Crescent-Moon and his Matted top-knot.