Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday Morning Goddess: Al-Uzza

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The Goddess Al-Uzza, whose name means "Powerful One," and "The Most Mighty," was a pre-Islamic Arabic Goddess. She was a virgin warrior, and Goddess of the Morning Star. Big cats were sacred to her, and the Acacia Tree is associated with her. Al-Uzza was worshipped by the Koreshites, The Prophet Mohammed's tribe, and was believed to have been the founding mother of the tribe. There is shrine to Al-Uzza along the path to Mecca. There is also a temple dedicated to her in the ancient city of Petra (of modern day Jordan).
Al-Uzza is a member of the Arabic Goddess triad which also includes the Goddesses Menat and Al-Lat. Much controversy surrounds this Arabic Goddess triad because there is evidence in the Koran, the sacred text of Islam, that Al-Uzza, Menat, and Al-Lat were believed to be the three daughters of the God Allah.

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