Arrival of Al-Lat
2012, watercolor, 7 x 10.5", by Jenny Badger Sultan
THE FORGOTTEN GODDESSES: AL-LAT
Al-Lat is one of the Arabian goddesses referred to in the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. She is a moon goddess who came from Syria, was adopted in Northern Arabia, and was worshiped on Mt. Sinai. Al-Lat appears riding on a camel and is associated with the hand of Fatima and the crescent moon and star. The three goddesses are also referred to as “The Exalted Birds”or “High Flying Cranes,” so there is one overhead.
I painted watercolors of Al-Uzza and Manat, too, as well as an acrylic group-portrait, The Exalted Birds.