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Others hypothesize that the Nabataeans started out in a region on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, known as Hejaz. This possibility makes more sense, as the Hejaz locals worshiped the same gods as the wandering Nabataeans. Plus, the tribe’s name contains a root consonant, “nbtw,” once used in the area’s Semitic language. Photo Credit: TARIQ_M_1 / Getty Images

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