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  • This sculpture depicts Isis crouching with her wings outstretched.

    Isis is a goddess from thepolytheistic pantheon of Egypt. She was worshiped in Ancient Egyptian religion, and after her worship spread throughout the Roman empire and the greater Greco Roman world. Isis is still worshiped by many pagans now in varied spiritual circumstances; including several interfaith organizations like the Fellowship of Isis, the Goddess movement that is modern, and different pagan religions.

    Isis was worshipped as the perfect mom and wife in addition to the patroness of magic and nature. She was the friend of sinners, slaves,artisans and the downtrodden, but she listened to the prayers of the rich, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is usually depicted as the mother of Horus, the falcon-headed deity related to king and kingship (although in some traditions Horus's mom was Hathor). Isis is also called guardian of the deceased and goddess of kids.

    The name Isis means "Throne". Her headdress is a throne. As the personification of the throne, she was an important portrayal of the pharaoh's power. The pharaoh was depicted as her kid, who sat on the throne she supplied. Her cult was popular throughout Egypt, but her most significant temples were at Behbeit El-Hagar in the Nile delta, and, starting in the reign with Nectanebo I (380?362 BCE), on the isle of Philae in Upper Egypt.

    In the typical kind of her myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Heavens, and she was born on the fourth intercalary day. She married her brother, Osiris, and Horus was imagined by her with him. When he was killed by Set Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris. After having collected the body parts that was strewn about the world by Set using her magic abilities, she restored his body to life.

    This myth became quite significant during the Greco Roman period. For example it was considered that the Nile River flooded every year due to the tears of grief which Isis wept for Osiris. Resurrection and Osiris's death was relived every year through rites. The worship of Isis spread throughout the Greco Roman world, continuing in the Christian era until the suppression of paganism. The popular theme of Isis however, lived on in a Christianized circumstance as the popular picture of Mary suckling her baby son Jesus from the fifth century forth.


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