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Triple Goddess shrine by lostknightkg Triple Goddess shrine by lostknightkg
An ancient Nabataean shrine carved high in the siq at Petra, Jordan. In Nabataean culture the gods and goddesses were often represented in the form of betyls/stele and cubes carved from stone. Above we have

1. AL-LAT : The goddess occurs in early Safaitic graffiti and the Nabataeans of Petra and the people of Hatra also worshipped her, equating her with the Greek Athena and Tyche and the Roman Minerva. She is frequently called "the Great Goddess" in Greek in multi-lingual inscriptions. The Nabataeans believed al-Lāt was the mother of Hubal (and hence the mother-in-law of Manāt).

2. AL - UZZA : Al-Uzzá was one of the three chief goddesses of Arabian religion in pre-Islamic times She had been adopted alongside Dushara as the presiding goddess at Petra, the Nabataen capital, where she assimilated with Isis, Tyche, and Aphrodite attributes and superseded her sisters.

3. MANAT: Manāt was one of the three chief goddesses of Mecca.The pre-Islamic Arabs believed Manāt to be the goddess of fate. She was known by the cognate name Manawat to the Nabataeans of Petra, who equated her with the Graeco-Roman goddess Nemesis and she was considered the wife of Hubal.

There are hundreds of these niches/shrines carved into the rock inside the siq many of which have been eroded away, Im quite pleased I noticed this one, its one of the few good examples.
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absinthFenix Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Lovely focus :clap:
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:iconyagamiseven:
this is really cool
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:iconmanwathiell:
So unfair I couldn't comment on the shrine tree :lol: it was stunning and one of my very favorites. This one is also incredibly beautiful... And your comments are great because we learn. Beautiful shots, Kris, you rock!
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:iconlostknightkg:
hehhe thanks Manny :D
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:iconsonia-p:
Great shot!
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