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Yam (also Yamm; Semitic: ים Ym) is the god of the sea in the Canaanite pantheon.
Yam takes the role of the adversary of Baal in the Ugaritic Baal Cycle.
The deity's name derives from the Canaanite word for "Sea", and is one name of the Ugaritic god of Rivers and Sea.
Also titled ṯpṭ nhr (" the Judge of the River"), he is also one of the 'ilhm ( 'ilahuuma/'ilahiima Elohim) or sons of El, the name given to the Levantine pantheon.
Of all the gods, despite being the champion of El, Yam holds special hostility against Baal Hadad, son of Dagon. Yam is a deity of the sea and his palace is in the abyss associated with the depths, or Biblical tehom, of the oceans.
Yam is the deity of the primordial chaos
and represents the power of the sea, untamed and raging; he is seen as
ruling storms and the disasters they wreak, and was an important
divinity to the maritime Phoenicians. The gods cast out Yam from the heavenly mountain Sappan (modern Jebel Aqra; Sappan is cognate to Tsephon).
After a great war in heaven involving many of the gods, Yam is soundly defeated:
Hadad holds a great feast, but not long afterwards he battles Mot (death) and through his mouth he descends to the netherworld. Yet like Yam, Death too is defeated and in h. I AB iii the Lord arises from the dead:
Long ago, the males and the females of the species went their separate ways, the men forming the Guardians of the Universe on planet Oa, who run the Green Lantern Corps; The females becoming the Zamarons, and creating the Star Sapphires.
The Guardians of the Universe currently have Green Lantern
patrols throughout the entire universe, which they've divided up into
3600 sectors. This range of power and influence likely classifies them
as a Type III Civilization. (Green Lantern)
injustice increased over the earth and all flesh corrupted
its way, from men to animals and to beasts and to bird
and to all that walks upon the earth; all corrupted their ways
and their orders and began to devour each other, and unrighteousness
increased over the earth, ..”
“And the sons of men
in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the
beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught
the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order
therewith to provoke the Lord.”
Raëlism,[a] also known as Raëlianism, is a UFO religion that was founded in 1970s France by Claude Vorilhon, now known as Raël.[b] Scholars of religion classify Raëlism as a new religious movement. The group is formalised as the International Raëlian Movement (IRM) or Raëlian Church, a hierarchical organisation under Raël's leadership.
Raëlism teaches that an extraterrestrial species known as the Elohim created humanity using their advanced technology. An atheistic
religion, it believes that the Elohim have historically been mistaken
for gods. It holds that throughout history the Elohim have created forty
Elohim/human hybrids who have served as prophets preparing humanity for
news about their ultimate origins. Among those listed as prophets are The Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth, and Muhammad, with Raël himself being the fortieth and final prophet. Raëlists believe that since the Hiroshima bomb
of 1945, humanity has entered an Age of Apocalypse in which it is
threatening itself with nuclear annihilation. It argues that humanity
must find a way of harnessing new scientific and technological
development for peaceful ends, and that once this has been achieved the
Elohim shall return to Earth to share their technology with humanity and
usher in a utopia. To this end, the Raëlians have been committed to
building an embassy for the Elohim, incorporating a landing pad for the
latter's spaceship. Raëlians promote a liberal ethical system with a
strong emphasis on sexual experimentation, engage in daily meditation,
and hope for physical immortality through human cloning.
In his first book, Le Livre Qui Dit La Verité ("The Book That
Tells the Truth"), which was first published in 1974, Raël claimed that
he initially encountered these alien beings on 13 December 1973, when he
was 27 years old. He stated that he was walking along the Puy de Lassolas volcanic crater in the Clermont-Ferrand mountains when one of their spaceships appeared and an Eloha emerged. He stated that the Eloha asked him to return the following day and to bring a Bible
with him. Raël did so and the over the course of six days Eloha
explained to him the true meaning of its contents, thus revealing more
about the Elohim's involvement in human history. In his 1976 book Les Extra-Terrestes M'ont Emmené Sur Leur Planete
("The Extraterrestrials Took Me to Their Planet"), Raël added that he
was contacted by the Elohim again on 7 October 1975, when they took him
aboard their spaceship and transported him to their home planet.
Here he was offered six biological robot women with which to have sex,
saw the Elohim create his clone, and taught the techniques of sensual
meditation. The scholar of religion James R. Lewis
noted that Raël's account of encountering the Elohim was similar to
those of the "classic UFO contactees" of the 1950s and 1960s.