Pre-Islamic Goddess seated on a swan found in Saudi Arabia, preserved in British Museum, and image of Goddess Saraswati as currently widespread in India

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10 thoughts on “Pre-Islamic Goddess seated on a swan found in Saudi Arabia, preserved in British Museum, and image of Goddess Saraswati as currently widespread in India

  1. If this is truly an Arabian artifact, that is; south of Nabataean cities, in the Hijaz and below and of late antiquity vintage then I would think this statue would be of great interest. In particular it may shed light on the singular mention from the (in)famous ‘satanic verses’ from the Qu’ran in which the three pre-Islamic goddesses of the Arabs (Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Manat) are mentioned in a verse which preserves the collective term for them as “the Gharaniq”, which has been contentiously translated by English translators as ‘the swans’ or ‘the high flying swans’. But as the term never appears in any other place in any other context, that has never been truly confirmed.

  2. That appears to be a sculpture of “Leda and the swan” with no connection to the Hindu goddess Saraswati. In any case the vehicle of Saraswati is actually a goose and not a swan as represented in modern calendar art. you may refer to any sculptural representation of the goddess before the dawn of the colonial period.

  3. The Egyptians may have been the Naga people, known in indian history. our lord vasu deva has clearly mentioned that he is worshipped by all and and by from many directions, different ways, different forms, and non forms, too, he says his wise bhaktas, to be wise and the only way of fulfilment is by devotion and being satvik, or fall in all these continuous life cycles, and the best part is we do not condemn any faith, we choose, and the grace of the lord is expected.

    1. . Baidya people are peculiar. Like Kayasthas they have also no fixed status in Varnashram. One Sarol Dash of Barishal district of Bangladesh first raised a demand of Upanayana. He was then followed by some other people of the community. It is called Sanskritization movement. But this did not spread majority of them. Anyway Baidyas are never Brahmin. Baidyas are (60%) black complexion. They are semi-Dravirian. Brahmins never accept them in that category. They are a branch of the Kayasth people of North India like Saxena, Srivastav, Gupta, etc.

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