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Dhu al-Khalasah

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  • Neal Robbins
    Dhu al-Khalasah was one of the deities in ancient Arabian mythology. Images of the deity were often made of quartz crystal and generally wore a crown. Some say
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2007
       
          Dhu al-Khalasah was one of the deities in ancient Arabian mythology. Images of the deity were often made of quartz crystal and generally wore a crown. Some say that Dhu al-Khalasah was a goddess; others say that this deity was male.
          The main center of worship for Dhu al-Khalasah was in Tahalah, between Mecca and Sanah. The custodian of the idol in Tahalah was banu-Umamah of the Bahilah ihn-A'sur.
          The worshippers of Dhu al-Khalasah included people from the Bajilah and Khatham tribes, as well as the Azd of Al-Sarah. There were Arab sub-tribes of the Hawazin who resided in close proximity to them. They were also worshippers of Dhu al-Khalasah.
          One story says that a man's father was slain and he decided to consult the idol about what to do. He went to the idol and Dhu al-Khalasah and cast azlam (ritual arrows) in front of it. The arrows landed in a pattern that indicated to the man that he was not to kill the one who had slain his father. This story is mentioned in the Kitab al-Asman ("Book of Idols") by Ibn Kalbi.
       
      Neal Robbins


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