In the 6th century, Corippus mentioned that Iarna -- chief of the Berber tribe known as the Laguatans (or Luwata as they were later known to the Arabs) -- took his god "Gurzil" into battle against the Byzantines. Iarna was a Moorish ruler and a high priest of Gurzil. After the Moors where defeated he fled with the "sacred image" of Gurzil, but was caught and killed and the image destroyed. Gurzil was later taken by the Berber queen Dihya (Kahina) into her battles against the Muslims.
- John Morris, Arnold Hugh Martin Jones, John Robert: The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire p. 612
- René Basset (1910). "Recherches Sur La Religion Des Berberes" [Research on Berber Religion]. Revue de L’Histoire des Religions. Retrieved October 3, 2011. (French)
- Modéran, Yves. (2005). Article 'Kahena (Al-Kâhina)', Encyclopédie Berbère; vol. 27, p. 4102-4111. (Points out that according to the 6th-century historian Procopius, a Berber king carried an idol of the god Gurzil.)
|This article relating to an African myth or legend is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|