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Unformatted text preview: Thus, her worship was one of the most popular in the Roman Empire. Accordingly, her rites are performed honorably distinguished by a dignity and composure, a solemnity and decorum. She is said to be repelled by bloody and licentious rites unlike many other gods/goddesses at that time. With these things in mind, Isis may have been the origins of many Catholic rituals and beliefs. Isis has many similarities to the Virgin Mary. Her pure ritual can be compared to the baptism of holy water. In addition, the solemn processions present many points of similarity to the pomps and ceremonies of Catholicism. Another similarity can be found in the artistic portrayal of Isis suckling her infant Horus which is like that of the Madonna and child. Finally, the name Star of the Sea which sometimes refers to the Virgin Mary may be attributed to Isis as well, originating from he Greeks of Alexandria....
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- Spring '08