Saturday, July 11, 2015


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Near the first cataract of the Nile River, on an island called Philae, the "Jewel of the Nile," a temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis. The headdress of this winged goddess is a throne the hieroglyphic symbol for her name. The sister/wife of Osiris and mother of Horus, the worship of this mother goddess dates spread from Egypt to the Greeks and Romans. Even today, there may be those who worship her.

Isis the winged one is a grieving wife who in the regeneration myth, finds and reassembles her murdered and dismembered husband. She flaps her wings up and down above his body and restores him to life by filling his nose and mouth with air. After this trauma, she conceives Horus.

This goddess is associated with magic and enchantment. She and Thoth were believed to have taught humans the secrets of medicine and embalming. Isis spreads her wings to protect the deceased, and thus, her image is frequently found on the feet of coffins. 

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