(Encyclopedia) Near Eastern religions: see Middle Eastern religions. (Encyclopedia) Middle Eastern religions, religious beliefs and practices of the ancient inhabitants of the Middle East. Little was known about the religions of the city-states of W Asia until stores? (Encyclopedia) Babylonian religion: see Middle Eastern religions. (Encyclopedia) Assyrian religion: see Middle Eastern religions. (Encyclopedia) Bel b?l, b?l, deity of the Middle Eastern religions. The name is a cognate of that of Baal. For Bel in the Bible, see Bel and the Dragon. (Encyclopedia) Astarte ?strt?, Semitic goddess of fertility and love. She was the most important goddess of the Phoenicians and corresponds to the Babylonian Ishtar and the Greek Aphrodite. She? (Encyclopedia) Sin s?n, moon god of Semitic origin, worshiped in ancient Middle Eastern religions. One of the principal deities in the Babylonian and Assyrian pantheons, he was lord of the calendar? (Encyclopedia) Shamash shmsh, sun god of Semitic origin, worshiped in Babylonia and Assyria. He was one of the great deities of ancient Middle Eastern religions, god of law, order, and justice.? (Encyclopedia) Esalen Institute, organization est. 1962 by Michael Murphy and Richard Price that was an important center for the so-called human potential movement of the 1960s and 70s. Located in? (Encyclopedia) Olcott, Henry Steel, 1832?1907, American religious leader and author, cofounder of Theosophist movement, b. Orange, N.J. After working as an agricultural scientist and a lawyer, he and?