Abd al-Asad and the Question of a Lion-God in the pre-Islamic Tradition: An Onomastic Study

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Abd al-Asad and the Question of a Lion-God in the pre-Islamic Tradition: An Onomastic Study

Type: Article
Title: Abd al-Asad and the Question of a Lion-God in the pre-Islamic Tradition: An Onomastic Study
Author: Dirbas, Hekmat
Start Page: 141
End Page: 150
Pages: 10
Publisher: Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia (LeiCenSAA)
Issue Date: 2016
Keywords: Animal names
Onomastics
Safaitic
Warrior
Ancestor cult
Name-giving
Abstract: This article investigates the pre-Islamic name ʿAbd al-Asad and the alleged lion-god in the Arabic tradition through the onomastic evidence of two ancient Semitic languages (Eblaite and Amorite) as well as the ancient epigraphic languages of Arabia. The study suggests that the name has no association with the god Yaġūṯ under the form of a lion. Alternatively, it reflects either an ‘archaic’ astral cult related to Leo or a traditional namegiving practice known especially in the northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula. According to this practice, the individual, whether being a child or an adult, could have been named ʿAbd-of-X after the person who took care of him (i.e. a patron) or the tribe he belonged to.
Series/Report no.: Arabian Epigraphic Notes;2016-2
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/43217
 

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