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How Dānî’ilu Was Blessed With A Son?: The Incubation Type-Scene In KTU 1.17 I–II

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This chapter analyzes the first episode of the Kirta story (KTU 1.14 I–1.15 III) in light of an incubation type-scene in order to show how the religious practice of incubation was employed as a literary device in narrative poetry. The first episode of Kirta, like many other reports of the practice of incubation, has a tripartite structure ("Before Epiphany," "Epiphany" and "After Epiphany") with ’Ilu's oneiric encounter with Kirta at the center as a turning point of Kirta's fortune. More importantly, the plot of the first episode of Kirta advances through a succession of various motifs that combine to form a family resemblance to many other instances of the incubation type-scene. The narratological function of incubation type-scene is not only fulfilled by a sophisticated web of allusions, but also by a particular configuration of component motifs that the poet chooses in the composition of the incubation type-scene.

Keywords:incubation type-scene; Kirta story; motifs



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