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According to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Canaanite_religion#Cosmology and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_prostitution#Sacred_marriage, a deity would marry a city or a goddess would be said to be married to a king. But I can't seem to find how and why such beliefs emerged. What was the reason that caused the belief of a sacred marriage between a god and a city? Why would people start saying a king is married to a goddess?

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    Why would people start saying a king is married to a goddess? Propaganda to justify the king's lineage as divinely qualified to rule. – Semaphore Feb 22 '19 at 9:41
  • There is the concept of the "Great Marriage", but the wiki is somewhat limited in scope. (I was taught that it could involve a human and a deity, typically with mortal consequences for the human.) – DukeZhou Feb 22 '19 at 19:05
  • I wanted the deeper reason for the belief. Since it seems random to say "He's meant to rule, so he's married to Ishtar/other goddess", there must be a reason for saying and believing such a thing. How exactly did this belief arise and qualify him as fit to rule? – Dominic the inquisitive Mar 5 '19 at 18:40
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From The Bible when the disobedient spirit sons of God (angels) materialised human bodies and took human wives for themselves and produced hybrid offspring called Nephilim (Giants):-

NWT Genesis 6:1, 2 "Now when men started to grow in number on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they began taking as wives all whom they chose.

The result of the unnatural union, spirit beings & human beings, was:-

NWT Genesis 6:4 "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame."

  • @Dominictheinquisitive It is not appropriate to delete a question for lack of answers. It is always possible for someone who can answer, to come along later. SE is a model of a collaborative Q&A site so it's important to keep positive contribution by all users available. – Semaphore Dec 13 '19 at 12:37
  • @Dominictheinquisitive I didn't say or do anything about this answer. I'm telling you that you should not be deleting your questions even if you don't get the answer you want. As for this answer, it is manifestly not "just personal opinion with no proof", seeing as it did, in fact, cite primary sources. A legitimate complaint would be that you think it doesn't actually answer the question as asked, in which case the appropriate course of action would be to downvote it. – Semaphore Dec 20 '19 at 6:50
  • I'm sorry @ethos and Semaphore for my attitude, and for unfairly criticizing you Semaphore. Also, my true reason for wanting (I still want actually) to delete this question may not (perhaps) have been "for lack of answers". I don't remember what it was but I've already told my current reason for its deletion to staff through email. Sorry for writing this again, I corrected a previously posted but deleted comment. – Dominic the inquisitive 2 days ago

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