Phoenician god: Hercules
E. J. Chinnock writes....The Phoenician god Melkarth (lord of the city), whom the Syrians called Baal (lord), was supposed to be identical with the Grecian Heracles, or Hercules, who was the mythical ancestor of the Macedonian kings. Curtius (iv. 7) tells us that Alexander affirmed he had been ordered by an oracle to sacrifice in Tyre to Heracles. Gesenius informs us that a Maltese inscription identifies the Tyrian Melkarth with Heracles.
Distribution and population in Pakistan
According to 1911 census the Baal were the principal Muslim Jat clan in:
- Gurdaspur District - Baal (117)
- N B: With Major portion of the then district Gurdaspur of composite India, some region went to Pakistan and the rest of the area forms now [Gurdaspur]] district in Indian Punjab state.
- [[[The Anabasis of Alexander/2b]], f.n.1
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