Manat and the Manticore
2012, watercolor, 7 x 10.5”, by Jenny Badger Sultan
THE FORGOTTEN GODDESSES: MANAT
Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Manat, together called "The Exalted Birds", were three goddesses who had been very important in pre-Islamic Arabian religion.
Manat is the most ancient of the three and also shown as oldest. She holds the threads of life and is responsible for cutting them, as Fate or Nemesis. I put the Manticore with her, as it also has a fearsome aspect. It is a Persian legendary creature known for its 3 rows of sharp teeth and stinging tail.