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Isis is a Virgin Mother

Isis is a Virgin Mother

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An interesting review of the centuries old saga of a "virgin" mother of God(s).
An interesting review of the centuries old saga of a "virgin" mother of God(s).

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Published by: KembaraLangit on Jun 11, 2011
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Acharya S
15 August 2010from FreeThoughtNation Website
This article represents my next installment in this series, which began with my essay, "HORUS IS A SUNGOD!!!"Here I provide the ancient testimony and primary sources for the contention that Isis, the mother of theEgyptian god Horus, was considered and deemed a virgin long before
was a twinkle in his Father'seye.Firstly, it should be noted that the matter of pre-Christian and non-Christian virgin mothers is not only wellestablished, but it also has its own field of academic studies relating to what is called the "parthenos" inGreek. Indeed, numerous goddesses and other figures - including gods such as Zeus, of all characters -were deemed "parthenos" or virginal, despite whether or not they gave birth once, twice or an infiniteamount of times.
Included in these virgin mothers are several in the ancient Indian text the Mahabharata. (See theZEITGEIST Sourcebookfor more on that subject.) The virgin birth itself is called "parthenogenesis" withinacademia.In consideration of these facts, it would be astounding for one of the most popular goddesses of the RomanEmpire and all time not to be classified in this parthenos category. As it turns out, we would be completelywrong and utterly unscholarly to assert that Isis was not a virgin, as so many have been doing around theinternet and elsewhere.The fact of Isis's perpetual virginity is demonstrated in the ZG Sourcebook, where the information iscarefully cited. It is repeated here for the reader's ease of reference. 
The virginity of Horus's mother, Isis, has been disputed, because in one myth she is portrayed asimpregnating herself with Osiris's severed phallus.
In depictions of Isis's impregnation, the goddess conceives Horus "while she fluttered in the form of a hawkover the corpse of her dead husband"... in an image from the tomb of Ramesses VI, Horus is born out of Osiris's corpse without Isis even being in the picture.
In another tradition, Horus is conceived when the water of the Nile - identified as Osiris - overflows theriver's banks, which are equated with Isis. The "phallus" in this latter case is the "sharp star Sothis" or Sirius,the rising of which signaled the Nile flood.Hence, in discussing these myths we are not dealing with "real people" who have body parts. 
'Osiris... begetting a son by Isis, who hovers over him in the form of a hawk.'(Budge, On the Future Life: Egyptian Religion, 80) 
As is often the case with mythical figures, despite the way she is impregnated, Isis remained the "GreatVirgin," as she is called in a number of pre-Christian Egyptian writings.As stated by Egyptologist Dr.
Reginald E. Witt
, inIsis in the Ancient World:The Egyptian goddess who was equally "the Great Virgin" (hwnt) and "Mother of the God"was the object of the very same praise bestowed upon her successor [Mary, Virgin Mother of 
].One of the inscriptions that calls Isis the "Great Virgin" appears in thetemple of Seti I at Abydosdating tothe 13
century BCE.As stated by professor of Old Testament and Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn Dr.
G. JohannesBotterweck
, in the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: ...ThePyramid Textsspeak of "the great virgin" (hwn.t wr.t) three times (682c, 728a,2002a...); she is anonymous, appears as the protectress of the king, and is explicitly calledhis mother once (809c). It is interesting that Isis is addressed as hwn.t in a sarcophagusoracle that deals with her mysterious pregnancy.
In a text in the Abydos Temple of Seti I, Isis herself declares:"I am the great virgin"...It should be noted that the king or pharaoh, whose mother is called "the great virgin," is also the livingHorus; hence, his great virgin mother would be Isis.
Also, in the temple of Neith and Isis at Sais was an ancient inscription that depicted the virgin birth of thesun:The present and the future and the past, I am. My undergarment no one has uncovered.The fruit I brought forth, the sun came into being.As Dr. Botterweckalso writes:In the Late Period [712-332 BCE] in particular, goddesses are frequently called "(beautiful)virgins," especially Hathor, Isis, and Nephthys.During the Greco-Roman period, Isis was equated with the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin, as I relate in
in Egypt:...The identification of Isis with the Virgin...is made in an ancient Greek text called TheKatasterismoi, or Catasterismi, allegedly written by the astronomer Eratosthenes (276-194BCE), who was for some 50 years the head librarian of the massive Library of Alexandria.Although the original of this text has been lost, an "epitome" credited to Eratosthenes inancient times has been attributed by modern scholars to an anonymous "Pseudo-Eratosthenes" of the 1
to 2
centuries AD/CE. In this book, the title of which translates as"Placing Among the Stars," appear discussions of the signs of the zodiac.
In his essay on the zodiacal sign of Virgo (ch. 9), under the heading of "Parthenos," theauthor includes the goddess Isis, among others, such as Demeter, Atagartis and Tyche, as
identified with and as the constellation of the Virgin.
InStar Myths of the Greeks and Romans, Dr. Theony Condos... translates the pertinentpassage from the chapter "Virgo" by Pseud-Eratosthenes thus:Hesiod in the Theogony says this figure is Dike, the daughter of Zeus [Dios]and Themis... Some say it is Demeter because of the sheaf of grain sheholds, others say it is Isis, others Atagartis, others Tyche...(For more information, including the original Greek, where the father-god Zeus is termed
, meaning the"Divine One" or "God," see
)Also, there exists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York an ancient Carnelian ring stone from the Imperial period (1
- 2
cents. AD/CE) that is an "adaptation" of a Greek artifact from the fourth centuryBCE. The ring stone possesses an image of the Greco-Egyptian hybrid god Serapis-Hades and Isisstanding before him holding an "ear of wheat and thesistrum."The Greek inscription reads:
The phrase is translated as "The Lady Isis, Immaculate," the latter word from the Greek verb agneuw,meaning "to be pure or chaste." 
Serapis-Hades and 'The Lady Isis, Immaculate'; carnelian ring stone,Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1-2nd cents. AD/CE 
In addition, according to early Church father 
(c. 310-403), the virgin mother of the god Aion -

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