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al-rawandi's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by al-rawandi

Falcon,



Well I guess they still view 72 virgins as a marketing scheme. I guess the boys are just too embarrasing.

As for pre-Islamic Arabia, I recall doing some research for a book and I cam across a deity named "Dhu Ghabat", a minor deity of the Dedanites. A god was mentioned in the Bible as "He of the Thicket" (Isaiah) which is almost a certain parallel.

Anyhow, young boys were sacrificed to this deity, often as young as 3 years old. And when one treats young boys as objects... well you get the picture.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 09:22:00 UTC | #146686