10 Facts About Arabian mythology


One early attestation of Arabian mythology polytheism was in Esarhaddon's Annals, mentioning Atarsamain, Nukhay, Ruldaiu, and Atarquruma.

FactSnippet No. 524,021

Muslim sources regarding Arabian polytheism include the eighth-century Book of Idols by Hisham ibn al-Kalbi, which F E Peters argued to be the most substantial treatment of the religious practices of pre-Islamic Arabia, as well as the writings of the Yemeni historian al-Hasan al-Hamdani on South Arabian religious beliefs.

FactSnippet No. 524,022

Pre-Islamic Arabian mythology religions were polytheistic, with many of the deities' names known.

FactSnippet No. 524,023

Christian Julien Robin notes that all the known South Arabian mythology divinities had a positive or protective role and that evil powers were only alluded to but were never personified.

FactSnippet No. 524,024

The victim's blood, according to pre-Islamic Arabic poetry and certain South Arabian mythology inscriptions, was 'poured out' on the altar stone, thus forming a bond between the human and the deity.

FactSnippet No. 524,025

Arabian mythology's name was invoked in royal regulations regarding water supply.

FactSnippet No. 524,026

Arabian mythology's name appears in the form of many inscriptions and rock engravings on the slopes of the Tuwayq, on the walls of the souk of the village, in the residential houses and on the incense burners.

FactSnippet No. 524,027

The distribution of pagan temples supports Gerald Hawting's argument that Arabian mythology polytheism was marginalized in the region and already dying in Mecca on the eve of Islam.

FactSnippet No. 524,028

The deities attested in north Arabian mythology inscriptions include Ruda, Nuha, Allah, Dathan, and Kahl.

FactSnippet No. 524,029

Arabian mythology Jews spoke Arabic as well as Hebrew and Aramaic and had contact with Jewish religious centers in Babylonia and Palestine.

FactSnippet No. 524,030