SHE IS THE ULTIMATE EARTH MOTHER, PROVIDING HER DESERT CHILDREN WITH NOURISHMENT AS IT IS NEEDED. HER SYMBOLS ARE THE SUN DISC CRADLED BY THE CRESCENT MOON AND SQUARE SHAPED STONES AND CRYSTALS. HER SACRED NUMBER IS SEVEN. OATHS IN MECCA WERE SEALED WITH THE VOW "BY THE SALT, BY THE FIRE, AND BY AL-LAT, WHO IS THE GREATEST OF ALL." HER FOLLOWING WAS MOST PROMINENT AT "TAIF, "WHICH IS LOCATED NEAR MECCA. HERE SHE WAS WORSHIPPED IN THE FORM OF A BLOCK OF WHITE GRANITE, AND WOMEN, IN PARTICULAR, WOULD CIRCLE THE STONE IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS. ALONG WITH THE ROLE OF A MOTHER GODDESS, "AL-LA"T WAS ALSO BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUN, THE MOON OR THE PLANET "VENUS."
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE HAS SHOWN THAT IN PRE-ISLAMIC TIMES THAT "AL-LAT" WAS HIGHLY REGARDED. EXCAVATIONS HAVE REVEALED SACRED STONES CALLED "BETHELS" WHICH BELONGED TO "AL-LAT" AND HER SISTER, "AL-UZZA." FIGURINES OF THE GODDESS HAVE ALSO BEEN FOUND IN GREAT NUMBERS.
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