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Old June 26th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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Ancient Arab Gods and Goddesses


Hubal, Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, Menat and many others, Arabs had many idols in the pre-islamic era.

My question, is there any of these idols that survived till now? I would love to see a depiction of these figurines. I know that the prophet Mohammad was very strict concerning idols and he ordered their destruction on sight. I know that The kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows a strict version of Islam, and they tend to destroy all historical finds (even the Islamic ones!!!), but I wonder if any of you saw or have access and photos to ancient sculptures of these Gods and Goddesses that somehow may have survived.
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go to google. type in the name of the God and press images. All the Gogs you have mentioned are all featured. As for statues, sorry cant help
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go to google. type in the name of the God and press images. All the Gogs you have mentioned are all featured. As for statues, sorry cant help
I tried, but I couldn't get anything for Hubal and Manat.
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I know that The kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows a strict version of Islam, and they tend to destroy all historical finds (even the Islamic ones!!!),
They really destroy everything? I knew they weren't friendly to archaeological inquiry but I didn't realize they actually destroyed whatever is found.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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They really destroy everything? I knew they weren't friendly to archaeological inquiry but I didn't realize they actually destroyed whatever is found.
Well they either destroy them, or hide them from the public eye!
Once I've read that they made an exposition in the united states about artefacts found in Arabia, however these artefacts were strictly prohibited in KSA!

Recently they started a renovation project regarding the Medina, I think they are going to destroy the Prophet's house, his mosques (the oldest mosque in the world) and his burial chamber !!!!!
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The Wiki article on Arabian mythology has a sculpture of Dushara, supposedly a Nabatean god, his name meaning Lord of the Mountain. The sculpture is said to be housed in the National Museum of Damascus.

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Well they either destroy them, or hide them from the public eye!
Once I've read that they made an exposition in the united states about artefacts found in Arabia, however these artefacts were strictly prohibited in KSA!

Recently they started a renovation project regarding the Medina, I think they are going to destroy the Prophet's house, his mosques (the oldest mosque in the world) and his burial chamber !!!!!
Why are they so hostile towards Islamic artifacts?
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Why are they so hostile towards Islamic artifacts?
They follow the Salafist version of Islam, they are afraid that these Islamic artefacts could be turned into idols...
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I tried, but I couldn't get anything for Hubal and Manat.

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubal]Hubal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabian_mythology]Arabian mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Unfortunately, no. The first image is Dhu'Shara, while the second one is the Canaanite goddess Anat.
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