Friday, February 09, 2018

Yemenite temple endangered

THIS IS WAR: Ancient temple left neglected as Yemen war threatens history. Amid bloody battles in war-torn country, experts say heritage sites at risk include Awwam Temple, linked to pre-Islamic past and to Queen of Sheba (JON GAMBRELL, AP). I would take (and the article does take) any connection with the Queen of Sheba with a grain of salt. But the temple has inscriptions in ancient South Arabian and is of considerable interest for background on pre-Islamic Arabian religion.

For many past posts on the Queen of Sheba, the legends about her, and proposed connections between her and Yemen or Ethiopia, see here (cf. here and here) and follow the links.

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