RR- Isis from The Golden Bough

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Gloria Li January 29, 2008 WSII: Myths and Fables Report on Isis from The Golden Bough Section XLI: Isis The Egyptian goddess Isis has a complex nature with many titles given to her by her worshippers. She is mostly known to be the husband and sister of Osiris, the corn god, which links to her title of corn goddess. The discovery of wheat and barley was accredited to Isis and is often identified with the goddess Ceres. On another note, Isis have names such as “Creatress of green things”, “Green goddess, whose green color is like unto the greenness of the earth”, “Lady of Bread”, “Lady of Beer” and “Lady of Abundance”. According to these titles, not only is she the corn goddess, she associated with the growth of plants, and so, often identified with Demeter. Furthermore, in the eyes of her worshippers, Isis is seen as the true wife, the tender mother, the beneficent queen of nature, along with moral purity.
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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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