The many names of Isis

Queen of Heaven

Google the name Queen of Heaven today and most of the sites you will find relate to Mary, the Mother of God in the Catholic faith.  Just a click away are sites for churches, schools and other organizations named for Mary, sites with information about Mary,  and many gorgeous images of Mary. However, if the citizens of the late Roman Empire had access to the same technology, a similar search engine would have found for them a plethora of sites for temples to Isis, sites with information about Isis, and many gorgeous images of a tremendous female figure who was associated, like Mary, with the heavens and the sky, and often depicted bearing a son, who was a God, sitting upon her lap. This is because Mary absorbed Isis’ sky goddess characteristics in the European imagination, just as Isis had absorbed those of a great many other Mediterranean goddesses before…

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