A'ra is a tutelary god worshipped in pre-Islamic Arabia, particularly northern Arabia.
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The name implies a holy place or an altar, but its Arabic root also means "to dye". It is implied that many sacrifices (which may include children) were offered to the idol, staining it with blood.
- Michael Jordan (2004, 1993), Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Second Edition
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