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Interview with Tess Dawson, Canaanite pagan, part I
Tess Dawson practices what she calls Natib Qadish, the religion practiced by ancient Canaanites. She has done extensive research on the religion, language, and culture of ancient Canaan, and written many articles and a book on the topic. She leads a Yahoo group, and a discussion group that meets in Holyoke, MA. She told the Boston Pagan Examiner about how she came to this path, how she practices her religion, some common myths about the ancient Canaanites, and how readers can learn more.

Tess Dawson: About 11 years ago, I had vague ideas of a Goddess & God but I felt disconnected. I wanted a personal relationship with the divine, so I prayedand I got answered. And I thought, This is unusual I perceived a name Id not heard of, and learned the name belonged to a Canaanite goddess, Athiratu (Asherah) The more I looked into it, the more it answered questions I had had ticking around in my mind for ages I felt like there was a story that wasnt being told.

Boston Pagan Examiner: How do you practice your religion? Do you do rituals? What are they like?

Ms. Dawson: We dont havetemples to worship the deitiesanymore I like to create temple spaceby calling on different components of the Baal temple In these ancient tablets from 1500 BCE it said that Baal, the storm godbuilt the temple from seven components magically converted this temple into a palace fit for a god. I like to call upon the seven components, to visualize the building of Baals holy temple Thats very modern; the ancients wouldnt have done that methodbecause they already had temples purification; I wash my hands, wash my face I add myrrh and rosewater to the water I use for cleansing Then I feel like Im ready to enter temple space You dont want to go before deities uncleansedits rude Youre in the presence of the Divine I shake branches of tamarisk, date palms, reeds I believe that those could drive out unwanted spirits I charge the area with blessed water ThenI enter the temple space.

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