19 Facts About Al-Lat


Al-Lat, spelled Allat, Allatu and Alilat, is a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess worshipped under various associations throughout the entire Arabian Peninsula, including Mecca where she was worshipped alongside Manat and al-'Uzza as one of the daughters of Allah.

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Al-Lat is attested in south Arabian inscriptions as Lat and Latan, but she had more prominence in north Arabia and the Hejaz, and her cult reached as far as Syria.

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Al-Lat's was worshipped by the Nabataeans and was associated with al-'Uzza.

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Al-Lat was used as a title for the goddess Asherah or Athirat.

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Al-Lat was mentioned as Alilat by the Greek historian Herodotus in his 5th-century BC work Histories, and she was considered the equivalent of Aphrodite:.

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Al-Lat was widely worshipped in north Arabia, but in south Arabia she was not popular and was not the object of an organized cult, with two amulets being the only indication that this goddess received worship in the area.

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Al-Lat's was attested in eastern Arabia; the name Taymallat was attested as the name of a man from Gerrha, a city located in the region.

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Al-Lat's was invoked for vengeance, booty from raids, and infliction of blindness and lameness to anyone who defaces their inscriptions.

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Al-Lat's is frequently called "the Great Goddess" in Greek in multilingual inscriptions.

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Al-Lat was referred to as "the goddess who is in Iram" in a Nabataean inscription.

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Al-Lat was closely related to al-'Uzza, and in some regions of the Nabataean kingdom, both al-Lat and al-'Uzza were said to be the same goddess.

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Al-Lat was venerated in Palmyra, where she was known as the "Lady of the temple".

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Al-Lat's had a temple in the city, which Teixidor believed to be the cultic center of Palmyrene Arab tribes.

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Al-Lat's was said to be venerated in Ta'if, where she was called ar-Rabba, and she reportedly had a shrine there which was decorated with ornaments and treasure of gold and onyx.

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Al-Lat is mentioned in pre-Islamic Arab poetry, such as in al-Mutalammis' satire of Amr ibn Hind:.

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Al-Lat was called as a daughter of Allah along with the other two chief goddesses al-'Uzza and Manat.

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Al-Lat compared the legends to Isaf and Na'ila, who according to legend were a man and a woman who fornicated inside the Kaaba and were petrified.

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Al-Lat was associated with the Greek goddess Athena in Nabataea, Hatra and Palmyra.

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Al-Lat can be identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, with both of the deities taking part in prosperity, warfare, and later being linked to Aphrodite and Athena.

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