sleeping beauty and the islamic link

Our story begins at the tribal expanse of Ma’in (modern day Al-Jawf) in southen Arabia that used to be occupied the Minaeans from about 600-15oBC. They settled this area due to it’s abundance of fertile oasis which they exploited as a source of irrigation; monolithic water systems constantly replenished from the mountainous regions to Ma’in’s south. This combination of rich soil, unlimited water and constant sunlight brought the Minaeans prosperity which again they exploited, through becoming what we would characterise as the quintessential Arabian merchant. Who had camel trains riding south from the Arabian Sea north to the Mediterranean; trading and enriching all the city states along the Arabian Peninsula.

Their religion, like most people of that era, was polytheistic. A pantheon that the later part of Minaean history had spread throughout Arabia due to the established Minaean trading links. Indeed, their religious influence was so profound it continued well after Ma’in political power had faded into history, the most notable example is Minaean gods being cited in the Quranic cycle:

And said, ‘Never leave your gods and never leave Wadd or Suwa’ or Yaghuth and Ya’uq and Nasr.
71.23

And here is the Islamic and Sleeping Beauty link: Wadd. A male god of love, which in itself is interesting due to its rarity, and maybe an example of a god of gayness. But it is Wadd’s symbolism that interests us the most, his crescent moon with the planet Venus motif, a symbol still used modern Muslims and totem of the Sumerian edition of Sleeping Beauty: Inanna/Ishtar.

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