In some versions of the story, like Dionysus, he was a mortal shepherd - or fisherman - who was anointed king, and later became a god. In the Bible he is Tammuz, and in the Phoenician myths Shimshon/Samson (שמשון). In Christian mythology he is clearly one of the archetypes from whom Jesus was moulded (Adonis, Attis, Ba'al, Osher and Eliyahu/Elijah are the others). Also known as Utu, or Utu-Dumuzi, his name is connected to the sun.
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