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"Your decaying Earth cannot be saved by you humans or your God."
—Asherah, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Asherah is a demon in the series.

History

Asherah, also known as Athirat, Ashratum and Ashertu, is a Semitic goddess, particularly important in Ugarit, where she was the wife of the chief god El. Elsewhere she is also attested as the wife of the "Lord of the Mountains," Amurru (Martu in Sumerian). It's possible El and Amurru were one and the same, as in Mesopotamian sources the latter was viewed as the lead god of the Amorites, nomads living to the west of Sumer and Akkad and ancestors of later inhabitants of cities like Ugarit.[1]

In Ugarit, as El's wife, she was regarded as a mother goddess, and thus the mother of many if not all of the gods.[2] References to Asherah as a "mother goddess" need to be understood as presenting her as a divine queen mother, rather than a "mother nature" or fertility goddess, however. The Baal cycle of myths mentions the existence of "seventy sons of Asherah," the most prominent among them seeming to be Ashtar. Ugaritic texts frequently describe her as "Lady Asherah of the Sea" and address with a title likely meaning "great lady" or "queen mother." The Ugaritic tale of King Keret describes her as the main goddess of the cities of Sidon and Tyre, though as it's likely a satirical text, it's uncertain if she was actually a major goddess there. She isn't attested in later Phoenician inscriptions from the same cities. Unlike other Canaanite goddesses, she wasn't popular in Egypt. No known piece of art has been identified with certainity as a depiction of Asherah.[3] Because of this her attributes remain uncertain, though one possible clue about them is the fact that in the Baal cycle she is described as a weaver. No animal symbol is credibly attributed to her.[4]

In Babylonia, she was known under the name Ashratum and was described as "the merciful," a common title applied also to Nergal, Ishtar, Marduk, Ninurta and Sin. She didn't play a major role there, much like her husband Amurru, and appears in only one Babylonian myth, which describes their marriage. She's called a daughter in law of Anu (the sky god) in it. To date no known reference to Asherah from Mesopotamia presents her as a fertility goddess. Theophoric names indicate she was already known to Babylonians in Hammurabi's times.

In Arabia, she was regarded as the wife of a few local gods in the southern kingdoms. However, references to her from this part of the world are relatively rare and rather late (5th century BC).

Asherah is often confused with, but not the same as Astarte, the western counterpart of Ishtar. They appear with distinct names (Athirat and Ashtart, respectively; one name starts with an aleph, the other with an ayin), functions and attributes in Ugaritic texts, the earliest known source of information about Canaanite myths and beliefs. Ashtart, described as a warrior and hunter similar to Anat (and in most texts paired with her, but never with Athirat), is one of Baal's allies, assisting him in the battle against Yam.[5] Meanwhile, the mother goddess Athirat, seemingly associated with the sea, supports Ashtar's claim to the throne instead, and possibly even celebrates Baal's death at the hands of Mot. A Hittite text often assumed to be a translation of an Ugaritic one additionally presents a story in which "Ishtar" (Ashtart or Anat) warns Baal of a plot against him prepared by Elkunirsa (El) and Ashertu (Asherah). Asherah and Astarte are also described separately in the Bible, where it's usually Astarte, or rather Astaroth, who is associated with Baal; exceptions from this rule are likely the result of memories of Canaanite reigion gradually fading away, rather than proof of Asherah and Astarte being conflated, or of an otherwise unknown tradition where Asherah was Baal's consort.

While some Bible scholars assume she is the goddess referred to as the "Queen of Heaven" whose worship was condemned by the prophet Jeremiah, this title is usually associated with Ishtar, an unrelated goddess (or with her Canaanite equivalent Astarte), and Asherah seems to lack any astral roles herself. Other biblical references to Asherah as well as some archaeological finds might indicate she was worshiped by some inhabitants of the kingdoms of Judah and Samaria in their early history, perhaps even in a role similar to that in Ugarit (eg. as the main local god's spouse) but the scope of this cult is unclear, and the Bible often seems to use the term "asherah" to refer to sanctuaries and prohibited cult objects (much like the biblical usage of "Baal" often refers to idols kept in temples) rather than to a specific well defined goddess.[6] Despite the frequent references to these "asherahs" being wooden objects or perhaps sacred trees, it is unclear if Asherah as a goddess was ever associated with any plants.[7]

Appearances

Design

Asherah 3.jpg

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Kaneko's design for Asherah draws inspiration from Ultraman's Dada.

Profile

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

"A Semitic goddess who was the one to bring fertility to the Babylonian lands.
She is known as the mother of the gods. It is believed that in Phoenicia, she became Astarte."
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Compendium

Asherah appears in Sector Fornax as the last of the revived Demon Kings that rise again to kill the protagonist. Early in the area, Asura, her earlier form, appears as an invisible demon which cannot be detected by the Demonica; after the events of Jack's Squad HQ (and by proxy, the defeat of Moloch, Orcus and Mithras), the three forma necessary to upgrade the Demonica's Enemy Search System are gathered, allowing the protagonist to strike back and force Asura to the lower levels of Fornax to continue the battle.

However, Asura crashes down from the ceiling and releases his true shape as Asherah. Her battle strategies are very similar though very much strengthened; she still will use Asura Rage, now dubbed Asura Roga, and other moves designed to inflict the Rage ailment. After her defeat, she will cry in shame to Mother Tiamat as she succumbs to death. After which, she can be obtained by using a Special Fusion between Asura and Valkyrie.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Asherah is faced in the New Game Plus Challenge Quest, Ishtar, Goddess of Harvest. Found southeast in the Tokyo - Bay Area, she is one of the demons whose souls originate from Ishtar. Minako obtains her soul upon Asherah's defeat.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

Asherah can teach Nanashi the Maragion, Grand Tack, Diarama, Judgment and Samarecarm skills through her Demon Whisper. She benefits from learning healing, Force, Gun, Fire and Almighty skills.

Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2

"A goddess from Ancient Semitic religion, married to the Lord of the Mountains Amurru. She is thought of as the Mother of all Gods. As the goddess of love and fertility, she was worshipped in ancient Babylonia. She is also known as Astarte in other religions."
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 compendium

Stats

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

"...The beautiful power inside of me is about to take a beautiful new form."
—When skill changing
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 40
Magic 41
Vitality 37
Agility 36
Luck 35
Lady Light-Chaos 58 495
277
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None - - Reflect Weak Strong Reflect Null - -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
Natural Skills
Maragidyne Blight Grand Tack
D-Source Skills
Phys Amp Gun Amp
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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Race Level HP MP
Strength 57
Dexterity 57
Magic 57
Agility 57
Luck 57
Lady 85 ?
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - Reflect Weak Resist Reflect Null Null
Ailment Resistance Null: Poison/Panic/Sleep/Bind/Sick
Normal Attack Phys x1 hit, 1 enemy Turn Icon 3
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Grand Tack Heavy gun damage to one foe.
Blight Weak physical damage and 60% poison to all foes.
Maragidyne Heavy fire damage to all foes.
Mabufudyne Heavy ice damage to all foes.
Diarama Restores medium amount of HP to one ally.
Silent Prayer Negates all stat buffs and debuffs from all allies and foes.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 57
Dexterity 57
Magic 57
Agility 57
Luck 57
Lady 51 427 192
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - Reflect Weak Resist Reflect Null -
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Required quest Ishtar, the Goddess of Harvest (C-NG+)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragion 20 MP Medium fire damage to all foes. Innate
Grand Tack 11 MP Heavy gun damage to one foe. Innate
Diarama 9 MP Restores medium amount of HP to one ally. 52
Samarecarm 40 MP Revives one dead ally with HP fully restored. 54

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

Race Level HP MP
Strength 50
Dexterity 85
Magic 75
Agility 45
Luck 57
Lady 51 462 293
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - Null Weak - Null - Weak
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Healing Healing +4 · Force Force +3 · Gun Gun +2 · Fire Fire +2 · Almighty Almighty +1 · Electricity Electricity -2 ·
Ice Ice -5
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragion 24 MP Medium fire damage to all foes. Innate
Grand Tack 11 MP Heavy gun damage to one foe. Innate
Diarama 16 MP Restores medium amount of HP to one ally. 52
Judgment 50 MP Medium almighty damage to all foes. Neutral target takes 50% more damage. 53
Samarecarm 40 MP Revives one dead ally with HP fully restored. 54


Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku

Asherah.PNG
Race Alignment Level HP MP CP
Lady Light-Chaos 50 7224 2672 84
Intuition Will Power Magic Intelligence Divine Protection
54 52 57 36 41
Strength Stamina Agility Dexterity Charm
78 70 62 27 75
List of Skills
Zionga Aqua Cutter Goddess Smile
Ziodyne Mazionga Diarahan
Dekaja Water Wall

Asherah.PNG
Race Alignment Level HP MP CP
Lady Light-Chaos 48 1686 632 81
Intuition Will Power Magic Intelligence Divine Protection
52 50 55 35 39
Strength Stamina Agility Dexterity Charm
75 68 60 26 72
List of Skills
Zionga Aqua Cutter Goddess Smile
Ziodyne Mazionga Diarahan

Gallery

Trivia

  • The sword held in Asherah's hand is made of obsidian, a type of volcanic black glass which is known to be used since the Stone Age until the Bronze Age for its naturally occurring sharpness. This is a symbol of Asherah being a goddess worshipped around that time.


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Jaki Lham Dearg - Gremlin - Ippon-Datara - Wendigo - Black Frost - Rakshasa - Ogre - Grendel - Girimehkala - Hekatoncheires
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Drake Zhu Tun She - Toubyou - Bai Suzhen - Basilisk - Kingu - Mushussu - Tiamat - Niddhoggr - Ym - Fafnir - Python - Vasuki
Beasts
Avatar Shiisaa - Kamapua'a - Makami - Kaiming Shou - Chimera - Ukano Mitama - Anubis - Barong
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Food Onmoraki - Katakirauwa - Mamedanuki - Chupacabra - Kuda - Hare of Inaba
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Wilder Chagrin - Jueyuan - Raijuu - Nue - Peallaidh - Porewit - Manticore - Catoblepas - Cabracan - Taowu - Fenrir
Vegetation
Tree Daphne - Narcissus - Mayahuel - Kukunochi - Haoma - Yggdrasil
Wood Shan Xiao - Mandrake - Skogsra - Zaccoum - Alraune - Erlkonig
Evil Spirits
Ghost Strigoii - Preta - Obariyon - Mou-Ryo - Churel - Enku - Ghoul - Kudlak - Dullahan - Vetala
Spirit Dybbuk - Wicker Man - Poltergeist - Quicksilver - Macabre - Inferno - Pisaca - Legion - Garrote
Undead Zombie Cop - Corpses - Patriot - Alice
Fouls
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Foul Slime - Jack the Ripper - Hooligan - Night Stalker - Tattooed Man - Mad Gasser
Elementals
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Humans
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Enemy Only
Cyber Pluto Soldier
Human Gaea Man - Ashura Man - Ashura Woman - Gaea Woman
Undead Samurai Zombie ♂ - Samurai Zombie ♀ - Zombie
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Gods
Deity Thoth - Inti - Prometheus - Lord Nandou - Osiris - Ometeotl - Mahamayuri - Hachiman - Baal - Apsu - Maitreya - Odin - Krishna
Amatsu Ame no Uzume - Take-Mikazuchi - Amaterasu
Megami Fortuna - Hathor - Parvati - Brigid - Scathach - Ishtar - Pallas Athena - Tlazolteotl - Anat - Norn - Lakshmi - Izanami - Cleopatra
Nymph Apsaras - Senri - Kikuri-Hime - Sarasvati - Peri
Enigma Kanbari - Futotama - Kinmamon - Kama - Kangiten
Entity Alilat
Primal Satan
Guardians
Fury Ares - Tonatiuh - Asura - Chernobog - Wu Kong - Beiji-Weng - Kartikeya - Susano-o - Shiva - Mitra-Buddha
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Okuninushi - Sukuna-Hikona - Kushinada-Hime - Hitokoto-Nushi - Arahabaki - Oumitsunu
Kishin Zhong Kui - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Marici - Thor
Zealot Ogun - Dionysus - Aramisaki - Attis - Tezcatlipoca
Lady Pele - Dzelarhons - Sedna - Hariti - Diana - Asherah - Isis - Black Maria - Skadi - Xi Wangmu - Inanna
Reaper Hel - Orcus - Persephone - Guedhe - Cernunnos - Ixtab - Nergal - Mot
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Pachacamac - Taotie - Alciel - Pales - Seth - Demiurge
Magica
Tyrant Morax - Mithras - Horkos - King Frost - Balor - Loki - Abaddon - Azazel - Belial - Lucifuge - Tzitzimitl - Samyaza - Beelzebub - Surt - Chi You - Mara - Lucifer - Mephisto
Genma Tam Lin - Ictinike - Nata Taishi - Baldur - Tlaloc - Frost Ace - Kurama Tengu - Cu Chulainn - Kresnik - Jarilo - Hanuman - Heimdall
Yoma Centaur - Vodyanik - Agathion - Koppa Tengu - Karasu Tengu - Dis - Shiwanna - Valkyrie - Xiuhtecuhtli - Master Therion - Ganesha
Fairy Goblin - Nadja - Pixie - Napaea - Spriggan - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - High Pixie - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Vivian - Lorelei - Oberon - Titania - Demonee-Ho
Night Fomorian - Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Kikimora - Lilim - Kaiwan - Succubus - Wild Hunt - Queen Mab - Maya
Aerials
Herald Lailah - Victor - Israfel - Azrael - Kazfiel - Sraosha - Aniel - Mastema - Seraph - Metatron - Merkabah
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Cherub - Angel
Fallen Decarabia - Melchom - Bifrons - Halphas - Ose - Orias - Nebiros - Dantalion - Gemori - Murmur - Adramelech - Barbatos - Shax - Botis - Samael
Birds
Avian Hamsa - Suparna - Phoenix - Vidofnir - Thunderbird - Yatagarasu - Feng Huang - Garuda
Flight Caladrius - Gu Huo Niao - Tangata Manu - Tuofei - Harpy - Rukh - Da Peng
Raptor Fuxi - Moh Shuvuu - Itsumade - Camazotz - Zhen - Gurr - Anzu - Huoniao - Hresvelgr
Demoniacs
Jirae Sudama - Dwarf - Hua Po - Knocker - Kwancha - Tsuchigumo - Titan - Tlaltecuhtli - Gogmagog
Brute Bilwis - Oni - Azumi - Momunofu - Yamawaro - Yomotsu-Ikusa - Kin-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Sui-Ki - Berserker - Yaksha - Ongyo-Ki
Femme Leanan Sidhe - Mermaid - Strix - Shikome - Yuki Jyorou - Clotho - Medusa - Lachesis - Atropos - Taraka - Dakini - Rangda - Kali
Jaki Gremlin - Ippon-Datara - Lham Dearg - Wendigo - Rakshasa - Black Frost - Ogre - Grendel - Girimehkala - Hekatoncheires
Dragons
Dragon Makara - Patrimpas - Gucumatz - Illuyanka - Zhu Yin - Long - Quetzalcoatl - Huang Long
Snake Naga - Nozuchi - Vouivre - Yurlungur - Ouroboros - Orochi - Gui Xian - Pendragon
Drake Zhu Tun She - Toubyou - Bai Suzhen - Basilisk - Kingu - Mushussu - Tiamat - Niddhoggr - Ym - Python - Fafnir - Vasuki
Beasts
Avatar Shiisaa - Kamapua'a - Makami - Kaiming Shou - Chimera - Ukano Mitama - Anubis - Barong
Holy Heqet - Apis - Pabilsag - Chironnupu - Qing Niugai - Airavata - Sleipnir - Baihu - Sphinx
Food Katakirauwa - Onmoraki - Mamedanuki - Chupacabra - Kuda - Hare of Inaba
Beast Kabuso - Kaso - Inugami - Stonka - Hairy Jack - Nekomata - Gryphon - Hsing-Hsing - Orthrus - Dormarth - Ammut - Cerberus
Wilder Porewit - Chagrin - Peallaidh - Jueyuan - Raijuu - Nue - Manticore - Catoblepas - Cabracan - Taowu - Fenrir
Vegetation
Tree Daphne - Narcissus - Mayahuel - Kukunochi - Haoma - Yggdrasil
Wood Mandrake - Shan Xiao - Skogsra - Zaccoum - Alraune - Erlkonig
Evil Spirits
Ghost Strigoii - Preta - Obariyon - Mou-Ryo - Churel - Enku - Ghoul - Kudlak - Vetala
Spirit Legion - Garrote - Dybbuk - Poltergeist - Quicksilver - Inferno - Wicker Man - Macabre - Pisaca
Undead Zombie Cop - Corpses - Patriot - Alice
Fouls
Vermin Mothman - Ubu - Myrmecolion - Okiku-Mushi - Arachne
Foul Slime - Jack the Ripper - Hooligan - Night Stalker - Tattooed Man - Mad Gasser
Elementals
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis - Gnome - Sylph - Undine - Salamander
Humans
Fiend David - Matador - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Trumpeter - Mother Harlot
Famed Yoshitsune - Jeanne D'Arc - Lanling Wang - Hagen - Siegfried - Kanseiteikun - Rama - Tenkai - Tokisada - Huang Di
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