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Du Shara

 
     
  After a long time of having a cube to represent gods, the Nabataeans have added some elements to it, square eyes and a nose.  
     
 

Inside Petra you can see many of the rectangular shaped gods they used to call "Kabo" meaning a cube. In pre-muslim Arab religions a block of stone not touched with a chisel was used to mark the places of concentrated divine presence. They used to visit, pray and give offerings to the gods at these places.

In some time came the rectangular shape to represent gods and only later the Nabataeans added the eyes and the nose bringing it closer to the human figure that was dominating in the Greek and Roman representation of gods.

 
     
  Kabo-goddess-Lat  
  In the Siq  
     
  Some of the rectangular sculptures in Petra are free standing huge blocks, few have eyes and the nose as the one depicted in this necklace, a big one is standing in the Siq facing you on the way out, another one is in good shape and in an amazing location in Wadi Siyyagh, a couple are in the archaeological museum in Amman.  
     
  Wadi Siyyagh Ataragates  
  In Wadi Siyyagh, Ataragates, with an inscription of her Nabataean name: Ataraata.  
     
  These sculptures would look almost the same and still represent different gods. We like to call our design Du Shara, the main god of the Nabataeans, the god of the Shara mountains around Petra.  
     
     
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