Ras Ibn Hani Rumination
As of late I have been working through the Ugaritic texts CAT 1.90; 1.164 and 1.168 — three ritual texts that use the formula ỉd ydbḥ / yph mlk.
The latter two are from Ras Ibn Hani, forcing me to acquaint myself with the dig there, in addition to that of Ras Shamra. (Call me crazy, but I think that having a good understanding of find spots and whatnot are useful in the philological enterprise, even when it turns out the texts were actually found in a fill.)
While reading through the secondary literature, I ran across this odd statement by del Olmo Lete in his Canaanite Religion regarding the texts from Ras Ibn Hani:
From the mythological fragments nothing certain can be derived… What is definitely clear from this variety of genres is that the palace of Ras Ibn Hani had its own center of cult and magic and its own “mythology,” probably parallel or complementary to the palace mythology of Ugarit. (pp.317-18)
How is it that del Olmo Lete can be so definitive that Ras Ibn Hani had its own mythology if “nothing certain can be derived” from the mythological fragments?
While it is clear from the archaeology of the site that Ras Ibn Hani had its own cult center (his use of the term “magic” is a misnomer), I don’t know if you can make this based simply on the fragmentary texts that we have. And I certainly don’t think that we can talk about the “mythology” of the site at all.