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October 9, 2009

III – Ashtoreth, Chief Pagan Semitic Goddess of War and Sex/Fertility; “Queen of Heaven”, “Mother of God”

 

Table of Contents
Introduction
“Short ‘n’ Sweet” Description of a Jezebel
Key Characteristics of a Jezebel Spirit
Control-freak and Manipulator
Power Seeker
Usurper of Genuine Religious Authority; Enemy of True Christians
Pretentious Liar
Prideful, Vain and Narcissistic
Denier of Guilt or Responsibility; Unrepentant
Jealous
Bitter and Resenting
Warlike and Vicious
Feminist and Men Hater
(Self-)destructive
Claims Undue Credit, Denies Others Due Credit
Information Gatherers
Sower of Confusion and Insecurity
Areas of Operation
Conclusion
Jezebel Compared to Hare’s Checklist of Psychopathy
How to Deal with Jezebel Spirits
References
Appendices
I – The Biblical Jezebel, Queen of Israel and High Priestess of Baal and Ashtoreth
II – Baal, Pagan Deity of Nature and Fertility
III – Ashtoreth, Chief Pagan Semitic Goddess of War and Sex/Fertility; “Queen of Heaven”, “Mother of God”
Commenting on this universal goddess aspect, Professor Cesar Vidal writes,

“The importance of mother goddesses in the various mythologies of paganism is so evident that even a shallow description could easily fill entire volumes…The mother goddess received different names and external appearances, but, in substance, she was always the same. In Egypt, she was called Isis. In Crete, she was represented as a mother who made friendly contact with snakes. In Greece she was known as Demeter, and in Rome she was worshiped as Cybele, the Magna Mater (Great Mother), a mother goddess of Phrygian origin. There is practically no ancient culture that did not worship this type of deity.” ( The Myth of Mary, pp.74, 75)

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Here is what various authors say about that one goddess which queen Jezebel was so fond of worshiping:


We read from Watson’s Biblical and Archaeological Dictionary, 1833: 

ASHTAROTH, or ASTARTE, a goddess of the Zidonians. The word Ashtaroth properly signifies flocks of sheep, or goats; and sometimes the grove, or woods, because she was goddess of woods, and groves were her temples. In groves consecrated to her, such lasciviousness was committed as rendered her worship infamous. She was also called the queen of heaven; and sometimes her worship is said to be that of ”the host of heaven.” She was certainly represented in the same manner as Isis, with cow’s horns on her head, to denote the increase and decrease of the moon. Cicero calls her the fourth Venus of the Syrians. She is almost always joined with Baal, and is called a god, the scriptures having no particular word to express a goddess.

It is believed that the moon was adored in this idol. Her temples generally accompanied those of the sun; and while bloody sacrifices or human victims were offered to Baal, bread, liquors, and perfumes were presented to Astarte. For her, tables were prepared upon the flat terrace-roofs of houses, near gates, in porches, and at crossways, on the first day of every month; and this was called by the Greeks, Hecate’s supper. Solomon, seduced by his foreign wives, introduced the worship of Ashtaroth into Israel; but Jezebel, daughter of the king of Tyre, and wife to Ahab, principally established her worship. She caused altars to be erected to this idol in every part of Israel; and at one time four hundred priests attended the worship of Ashtaroth, I Kings xviii. 7. endrtimes.blogspot.com

 

As early as the twenty-fifth century B.C., people of Ur of the Chaldees in Sumeria worshiped a mother-goddess named Ishtar. Around the same time the Minoans of Crete had a mother-goddess portrayed with “her divine child Velchanos” in her arms. Later, the people of Cyprus revered a goddess who appeared to have been patterned after the Sumerian Ishtar and later adopted by the Greeks as Aphrodite, or Astarte.The Babylonians, who conquered Sumeria around the twenty-second century B.C., related their religious beliefs to the heavenly bodies. They regarded the planets as gods and goddesses and equated the planet Venus with the Sumerian mother-goddess Ishtar.The Babylonians worshiped Ishtar as “The Virgin,” “The Holy Virgin,” “The Virgin Mother,” “Goddess of Goddesses,” and “Queen of Heaven and Earth.” They exclaimed, “Ishtar is great! Ishtar is Queen! My Lady is exalted, my Lady is Queen…There is none like unto her.”

They called her “Shining light of heaven, light of the world, enlightener of all places where men dwell, who gatherest together the hosts of the nations”; and they claimed, “Where thou glancest, the dead come to life, and the sick rise and walk; the mind of the diseased is healed when it looks upon thy face.”

In Babylonian mythology Ishtar wore a crown and was related to Tammuz, who sometimes was portrayed as her son and other times as her lover.

It appears that the Sumerian-Babylonian Ishtar was the counterpart of the Egyptian Isis and the model for the Grecian Aphrodite, Roman Venus, Assyrian Nina, Phrygian and Roman Cybele, Phoenician Astarte, and Astarte of Syria. In essence they were the same mother-goddess.

The Egyptians called Isis “the Great Mother” and “the Mother of God.” Isis worship spread to Italy by the second century and then throughout the entire Roman Empire. There the goddess was portrayed with her “divine child Horus” in her arms and widely acclaimed as “Queen of Heaven” and “Mother of God.”

The people of Phoenicia worshiped Baal. Baalism included the worship of Molech with fiery sacrifices of children and the worship of Astarte, the Phoenician Ishtar Queen of Heaven.

When the Phoenician princess Jezebel became the wife of King Ahab of the northern Kingdom of Israel, she influenced him to fully establish Baal worship in his realm (Melakhim Alef / 1 Kings 16:29-33; 21:25-26). This move entangled the people of Israel in Queen-of-Heaven worship. As a result, HaShem (G-d) judged them with the Assyrian Captivity, (Melachim Bet / 2 Kings 17:5-7, 16-18).

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Ashtart (either “the Star”, or “She of the Womb”), is better known by the name Astarte, the Greek version of Her name. Ashtart is a Semitic Goddess of Love and War and the Canaanite Great Goddess who is the cult partner of Ba’al (“the King”). Semitic describes a group of languages, and by extension, kindred cultures of the Near East and Africa which include Phoenician, Arabic, Hebrew and Assyrian. She is the Deity of the Planet Venus and a Fertility Goddess, and Her cult was known throughout the ancient world for its practice of temple prostitution. She was the main Deity of the cities Sor (more familiarly Tyre), Zidon (Sidon) and Gubla (Byblos), and is frequently shown as an archer either beside or standing on a lion, much like the Babylonian Ishtar, who is quite similar. Snakes and the cypress tree are sacred to Her; and, like the related Arabic Goddess Al-Uzza, whose name, “the Mighty One”, is an epithet of Ashtart, the acacia tree is also Hers.As with many of the other Near Eastern Goddesses of the planet Venus, two of Her aspects are that of the Goddess of War and the Goddess of Love. As Venus the Morning Star, Ashtart is a Goddess of War and Hunting; and as the Evening Star, She is the Goddess of Love, Sex, Fertility and Vitality, depicted as a nude woman. In Her role as Goddess of Love She was honored with sexual rites, especially in the city of Sidon or Zidon, and some of Her priests and priestesses there were chosen from the royal family.

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For some time Ashtart under the name Ashtoreth seems to have been worshipped side by side with the Hebrew God as His consort; He was early on called Ba’al, a general title meaning “Lord”, used in the area to refer to each people’s particular patron God, though their real (and sometimes secret) names were different. This fell out of favor in time as the Hebrews transitioned to monotheism. Apparently they had a hard time with this, though, as Jehovah is forever chiding His people for “backsliding” and returning to the worship of Ba’al and Ashtoreth. Ashtoreth in the Bible is worshipped in groves called after Her asherah and may have been honored as a pillar of wood, or as manifest in the grove itself. In one tale from the Biblical book Judges, Jehovah has Gideon destroy his own father’s shrines to Ba’al and Ashtoreth, which he does in the middle of the night under cover of darkness, as he was too scared of the repercussions to do it in broad daylight.

King Solomon, famous for his great wisdom, was said to have had 700 wives, many of whom were from neighboring, Pagan, tribes. To accommodate their religions, he built for them temples to their Gods, including a sanctuary to Ashtart in Jerusalem. Jehovah, known far and wide for His jealousy, couldn’t tolerate this and brought about Solomon’s death. On other occasions when the Hebrews reverted to the old religion, Jehovah in a divine fit of pique “gave them over into the hands of their enemies” (also from Judges).

Ashtart also had temples in Ascalon in Philistia, about 40 miles southwest of Jerusalem, and Beth-shean, or Scythopolis, near the Sea of Galilee. She is also said to be the mother of the maiden Yabarodmay, by Ba’al.

The Goddess Athirat-of-the-Sea, who also features in the Ba’al legend, is the wife of El, the Father of the Gods; She has much in common with Ashtart and the two may be aspects of the same Goddess. Some sources make Athirat the Goddess worshipped by the Hebrews as Jehovah’s consort; the two are quite confused, both by modern scholars and the ancients.

Ashtart’s name has many variations depending on the language or city in which She was worshipped. Some examples: She is Astarte to the Greeks, Ashtoreth or Ashtaroth among the Hebrews, ‘Attart or ‘Athtart in the city of Ugarit, Astartu in Akkadian.

Epithets: “Goddess of Heaven”, “Ashtart-Name-of-Ba’al”, “Ashtart-of-the-Sky-of-Ba’al”, “the Strong One”, “Ashtart-of-the-Fields”, “Ashtart-of-the-Battle”; and Kbd, “Glory”

She is the western Semitic equivilant of the Eastern Semitic Inanna of the Sumerians and Ishtar of the Babylonians; the Greeks identified Her with their Aphrodite, who may have Her origins in Ashtart anyway, as She was believed to have come from the East. Atargatis is confused or equated with Her, and may have originally been the same Goddess; Ba’alat, “the Lady” of Gubla (Byblos) is likely a title for Ashtart. She was equated by the Etruscans with their Mother and Sky Goddess Uni, and is related to Tanit of Carthage. thaliatook.com

 

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Cultural Alter Egos

As already alluded to above,  Ashtoreth/Ashtaroth goes by many different names as many different nations and cultures have either worshiped her in the past, or are still worshiping this deity to this date. Let’s focus on some of the more prominent alternative names she went by or still goes by.

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Ishtar

Easter began long before the time of Christ. Easter was the Ishtar celebration. Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth were all the same. It was a single pagan goddess that was worshiped under various names in different countries over the centuries. As we trace the historical background of this goddess, we can see where Easter got its name, how our modern practice of sunrise worship originated, and why it is always commemorated at a certain time each spring. The story of Easter also helps explain where Sunday sacredness began, and the origin of virgin worship:This mother goddess was variously known as Astarte, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Cybele, Demeter, Ceres, Aphrodite, Venus, and Freya.

“Astarte was the most important goddess of the pagan Semites. She was the goddess of love, fertility, and maternity for the Phoenicians, Canaanites, Aramaeans, South Arabs, and even the Egyptians. Her name was Ishtar in Babylonia and Assyria, where she was also the goddess of war. Some Old Testament stories call her Ashtoreth, and describe the construction of her altar by King Solomon and its destruction by King Josiah. Astarte was identified with the planet Venus. The Greeks called her Aphrodite, and the Romans knew her as Venus”–World Book, Vol. 1, p. 782.

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(pronounced EASTER) of Assyria was worshiped in Pagan Antiquity during her spring festival! Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1980, Volume 15, page 748, gives us this information:Ishtar, goddess of love and war, the most important goddess of the Sumero-Akkadian pantheon. Her name in Sumerian is Inanna (lady of heaven). She was sister of the sun god Shamash and daughter of the moon god Sin. Ishtar was equated with the planet Venus. Her symbol was a star inscribed in a circle. As goddess of war, she was often represented sitting upon a lion. As goddess of physical love, she was patron of the temple prostitutes. She was also considered the merciful mother who intercedes with the gods on behalf of her worshipers. Throughout Mesopotamian history she was worshiped under various names in many cities; one of the chief centers of her cult was Uruk.

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Ishtar is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex.[1] In the Babylonian pantheon, she “was the divine personification of the planet Venus”.[2]Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution; her holy city Uruk was called the “town of the sacred courtesans”; and she herself was the “courtesan of the gods”.[2] Ishtar had many lovers; however, as Guirand notes,

woe to him whom Ishtar had honoured! The fickle goddess treated her passing lovers cruelly, and the unhappy wretches usually paid dearly for the favours heaped on them. Animals, enslaved by love, lost their native vigour: they fell into traps laid by men or were domesticated by them. ‘Thou has loved the lion, mighty in strength’, says the hero Gilgamesh to Ishtar, ‘and thou hast dug for him seven and seven pits! Thou hast loved the steed, proud in battle, and destined him for the halter, the goad and the whip.’Even for the gods Ishtar’s love was fatal. In her youth the goddess had loved Tammuz, god of the harvest, and — if one is to believe Gilgamesh — this love caused the death of Tammuz.[2]

Ishtar was the daughter of Sin or Anu.[2] She was particularly worshiped at Nineveh and Arbela (Erbil).[2]

Her symbol is an eight pointed star.[3]

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Astarte

(Hebrew astart”) is rendered ASHTORETH in most of the older biblical translations due to the insertion of the vowels from the Hebrew word “boset” meaning “shame” to form “astoret“. This method of insult is also used for some personal names, specifically Eshbaal of 1 Chronicles 8:33 and 9:39 who is called Ish-bosheth in 2 Samuel 2:10 and 2:12. ASTARTE is the sister of BAAL, equivalent to the Akkadian ISHTAR, and derived from the Sumerian goddess INANNA. She is a goddess of war, love, storms, the evening star, and of the storehouse. She is also called the queen of heaven

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Astarte, the ancient Phoenician great goddess of fertility, motherhood, and war, is the counterpart of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, and is one of the oldest Middle Eastern aspects of the great Goddess, dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Tammuz also is identified as her son/consort as he is with Ishtar. According to legend Astarte descended to earth as a fiery star, landing near Byblos in a lake at Alphaca, the site where the original Tammuz is said to have died.The Phoenicians portrayed Astarte with cow horns, representing fertility. The Assyrians and Babylonians pictured her caressing a child. She was associated with the moon and called the Mother of the Universe, giver of all live on Earth. She ruled all spirits of the dead residing in heaven, visible from earth as stars; hence came her name Astroarche, “Queen of the Stars.” She was called the mother of souls in heaven, the Moon surrounded by her star-children, to whom she gave their “astral” (starry) bodies. Occultists still refer to the astral body as the invisible double, without remembering the term’s original connotation of starlight.Her other counterparts are Isis, Hathor of Egypt, Kali of India, and Aphrodite and Demeter of Greece. However, the mother goddess in the Ras Shamra texts appears as Anat, Athirat, and Athtart, or Astrate. Anat, the consort and sister of Baal, the most active Canaanite god, was called the “lady of the mountain,” and it was through the flattery of El that Baal was allowed to build a house on Saphon, a mountain situated in “the sides of the north.” In spite of her maiden and mother titles Anat was an aggressive goddess who slew Baal enemies, waded in the blood of her human victims, and desired to possess Aqhat’s bow. She was pictured with helmet, battle-axe, and spear. In Egypt, where the Hyksos invaders introduced her, the cow horns of Hathor became part of her iconography.

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Semiramis

Semiramis, who was both Nimrod’s wife and mother, was worshiped as the “mother of god“83 and a “fertility goddess” because she had to be extremely fertile to give birth to all the pagan incarnate gods that represented Nimrod. She was worshiped throughout the world by each the titles associated with Nimrod’s worship, in addition to many titles unique to herself (Table 2, page 15). For instance, the respective Greek and Roman names applied to the worship of Semiramis include: Aphrodite and Venus, the goddess of love84; Artemis and Diana, the goddess of hunting and childbirth85; Athena and Minerva, the goddess of crafts, war and wisdom86; Demeter and Ceres, the goddess of growing things87; Gaea and Terra, symbol of the fertile earth88; Hera and Juno, the protector of marriage and women, who was the sister and wife of Zeus in Greek mythology, and the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology89; Hestia and Vesta, the goddess of the hearth90; plus Rhea or Ops, who was wife and sister of the Greek horned-god Kronos.91MOTHER AND SON WORSHIPSemiramis was initially included in the pagan Babylonian trinity as the holy spirit or seed of the divine son in his mother’s womb. Within time, however, the father Nimrod was practically overlooked and worshiped only as the god-incarnate son in his mother’s arms. In other words, the father became invisible and was no longer worshiped, whereas, the mother with the god-incarnate son in her arms became the grand object of worship.92 Numerous Babylonian monuments show the goddess-mother Semiramis with her son in arms (Figure 2, pages 16, 17). This worship of mother and child spread throughout the known world, and given different names in the various languages of the world. Ancient Germans worshipped the virgin Hertha with child in arms. Scandinavians called her Disa pictured with child. The Egyptian mother and child were worshiped as Isis with the infant Osiris or Horus seated on his mother’s lap. In India, the mother and child were called Devaki and Krishna, and also Isi and Iswara as they are worshiped to this day. In Asia, they were known as Cybele and Deoius; in pagan Rome, as Fortuna and Jupiter-puer, or Jupiter, the boy; in Greece, as Ceres, the great mother with babe at her breast, or as Irene, the goddess of peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms.

The image of mother with child in her arms was so firmly entrenched in the pagan mind that by the time Christianity appeared on the scene in 30 A.D., these statues and paintings were merely renamed and worshiped as the virgin Mary with her god-incarnate son Jesus. Thus, the pagan mother and child entered Christianity as the Roman Catholic worship of Mary with the infant Jesus. In fact, in Tibet, China, and Japan, Jesuit missionaries were astonished to find the counterpart of the madonna and child as devoutly worshiped as they were in Rome. Shing Moo, the holy mother in China was portrayed with a child in her arms and a glory around her, exactly as if she had been fashioned by Roman Catholic artisans.

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Nimrod was the greatest rebel in history. The root word of Nimrod is drm [M-R-D, to rebel]. This comes down into English in the words murder and marauder.· People spoke of Nimrod as being “before the LORD”. “Before” is the Hebrew ~wnp [panim], which basically means face. Thus, he thrust himself up to the face of YHWH in rebellion, putting himself between God and the people. Their attention was focused on him, not their God. And so it is to this day! [This is the same word as in “thou shalt have no other gods before Me”; i.e., we are to shove no other gods in His face.]· Nimrod was the first world tyrant, marshalling the 70 families into the Tower of Babel enterprise, whereby the language was confused, and the human race was dispersed all over the planet.

· His female consort became—as did he—by many different names in different languages and places. Some of her names were Semiramis, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Astarte, Isis, Eostre (which comes down to modern English as Easter). She had the title, “Queen of Heaven”—which persists as the title the Roman Catholics call “Mary”.

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Isis

Isis, an Egyptian goddess of magic, fertility and motherhood, was the daughter of the god Keb (Earth) and the goddess Nut (Sky). She was the sister and wife of Osiris. When her brother Seth killed her husband, Isis searched for his body and reassembled it, making her also a goddess of the dead. She impregnated herself from Osiris’ body and gave birth to Horus. Isis is often depicted wearing cow horns with a solar disk between them.
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The Egyptian goddess Isis is one of the goddesses that stood the test of time. Isis is the Greek form of more ancient Egyptian names, and the name Isis is associated with the word for “throne.” Originally, Isis was known as Aset, or Eset. Isis is worshipped today, just as she has been for thousands of years, as the Lady of Heaven, The Great Enchantress, Goddess of Magic, The Goddess of Love and War, the Giver of Life, Queen of the Gods, and Goddess of Marriage and Protection.Isis was able to give the gift of immortality. For this reason, she is often portrayed wearing or carrying an Ankh. The Ankh is an ancient symbol for eternal life. The symbol is similar to that of a cross, but it has a looped top. Isis is sometimes seen wearing horns and a solar disk atop her head. She is sometimes pictured with wings. Isis is occasionally shown with a cow’s head or with the sign of a throne on her head.Isis is one of the only winged deities in Egyptian myth. She is sometimes representative of the wind, as in the legend of Osiris. One version of the legend tells of Isis using her wings to fill Osiris’ mouth and nose with air. For those people who recognize Isis as a force at work in their life; the wind takes on a magical face. The simple act of walking outside on a windy day brings about a refreshing of the soul.

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Eminent author and historian, Will Durant, writes of this Isis-goddess connection,

“Profound, too, was the myth of Isis, the Great Mother. She was not only the loyal sister and wife of Osiris; in a sense she was greater than he, for— like woman in general—she had conquered death through love. Nor was she merely the black soil of the Delta, fertilized by the touch of Osiris-Nile, and making all Egypt rich with her fecundity. She was, above all, the symbol of that mysterious creative power which had produced the earth and every living thing…She represented in Egypt—as Kali, Ishtar and Cyble represented in Asia, Demeter in Greece, and Ceres in Rome—the original priority and independence of the female principle in creation… (The Story of Civilization, Volume 1, p. 200)

“Great Mother,” “Queen of Heaven,” “Mother of God.” All of these titles have been attached to Isis. Ishtar too, the Babylonian goddess, had similar titles. Moreover, the lines between the various goddesses of antiquity blur, with each mirroring the other in terms of purpose, symbolism, and meaning.

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Aphrodite/Venus

This ancient goddess, however, predates even her Cypriot and Greek forms. In Sumer she was known as Inanna, in Babylon and Assyria Ishtar, the Egyptians called her Hathor, Quaddesha and Aset, to the Phoenicians she was Astarte, to the Hebrews Ashtoreth and Ashera, and to the Philistines Atergatis. And Homer’s tale that Zeus and his female form Dione were her parents creates an interesting paradox. Her foam-born birth occurred when Zeus’ father Saturn castrated Zeus’ grandfather Uranus (preceding paragraph). At that point Saturn had yet to father his Olympian children, including Zeus himself.
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Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, lust, procreation, sexual reproduction and fertility. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. She is also the protector of the sailors and the myrtle, the dove, the sparrow, the swan, the apple, the scallop shell and the mirror are sacred to her. She is accompanied by the winged god of love called Eros.Aphrodite the goddess of love has her origins from ancient civilizations. Her origins can be traced from the old Asian Goddesses like the Mesopotamian Ishtar and the Palestinian goddess i.e.the ancient Semitic goddess of love Ishtar. So the Greek were not the first to worship the goddess of love. Matter of fact the ancient Greeks themselves believed that Aphrodite was both Greek and foreign in origin. It is said that she was in fact “Cyprian” and many of her attributes reflect the origins of Asian Mycenaean times. She is a mix of Hellenic or Aegean Goddess. She also latter got identified with Venus the Roman goddess of love. Her offspring’s are said to be the founder ruling clan of the roman civilization.

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Like Ishtar, the Greek Aphrodite and Northwestern Semitic Astarte were love goddesses who were “as cruel as they were wayward”.[12] Donald A. Mackenzie, an early popularizer of mythology, draws a parallel between the love goddess Aphrodite and her “dying god” lover Adonis[13] on one hand, and the love goddess Ishtar and her “dying god” lover Tammuz on the other.[12] Some scholars have suggested that

the myth of Adonis was derived in post-Homeric times by the Greeks indirectly from Babylonia through the Western Semites, the Semitic title ‘Adon’, meaning ‘lord’, having been mistaken for a proper name. This theory, however, cannot be accepted without qualifications.”[14]

Joseph Campbell, a more recent popularizer of mythology, equates Ishtar, Inanna, and Aphrodite, and he draws a parallel between the Egyptian goddess Isis who nurses Horus, and the Babylonian goddess Ishtar who nurses the god Tammuz.[15]

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Kali

A Great Mother goddess of war is also the Hindu Kali, known both for her cruelty and for her motherly care for all creation. Kali is sometimes considered an aspect of another Hindu war goddess, Durga, about whom the following story is told on the site ‘Goddesses of War’:Durga, a fierce warrior, was born during a lengthy battle between the Hindu gods and an army of demons. In desperation, the gods gathered together and breathed in unison. A ferocious fire blazed forth from their mouths, out of which Durga was born — a fully grown warrior, ready to fight.The gods quickly gave her a lion (or, some say, a tiger), to mount, and a weapon for each of her ten hands. Durga advanced toward the demons — one of them in the form of a buffalo, which is reminiscent of the Chinese story cited above. As her arms flashed with their weapons, within moments she had slaughtered all the demons.

On a site dedicated to her particularly, Durga is said to represent the power of the Supreme Being Shiva, to whom she was married, who preserves moral order and righteousness in creation. She is called “Divine Mother”, and one of her epithets is Maha, which means “Great” or “Terrific.” She had three divine children, two sons and a daughter.

It seems obvious that both Athena and Durga, springing forth with full armor ready for battle out of the effort of male divinities, were created by patriarchal societies. However, their respective characters present them as much more ancient female figures who had adapted masculine ideas of women’s loyalties. Both goddesses, besides being in charge of war, kept the main function of both fertility and wisdom belonging to ancient female divinities.

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Hindu mythology tells us that once Kali had killed all the demons in the battle, intoxicated by her triumph, she set out on a killing spree, putting to death anyone who crossed her path, and adorning herself with the heads and limbs of her victims. Her consort, Lord Shiva , asked her to desist, but Kali paid no heed. He then lay down beside the corpses. When Kali accidentally stepped on him, she realized her mistake. And she stuck out her tongue in shame.Many statues of Kali capture this moment. They depict the goddess with wild eyes, with one leg resting on her husband’s chest, and with her tongue protruding. Apart from this pose, statues of Kali standing, and of Kali dismayed after losing the dancing competition to Lord Shiva, are also popular.In most statues and sculptures of Goddess Kali, she is shown in the nude, and is portrayed as being very dark. She is depicted as having four arms and hands. The left arms hold a sword and a severed head, and the right are held in a blessing pose.

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Roman Catholic Mary

“Essentially it [the myth of Demeter and Persephone] was the same myth as that of Isis and Osiris in Egypt, Tammuz and Ishtar in Babylonia, Astarte and Adonis in Syria, Cybele and Attis in Phrygia. The cult of motherhood survived through classical times to take new life in the worship of Mary the Mother of God.”–Will Durant, History of Civilization, Vol. 2, p. 178. pathlights.com
Some scholars hold Astarte was a prototype of the Virgin Mary. Their theory is based on the ancient Syrian and Egyptian rituals of celebrating Astarte’s rebirth of the solar god on December 25th. A cry was heard that the Virgin had brought forth a newborn child, which was exhibited. Sir James Frazer in the Golden Bough writes, “No doubt the Virgin who thus conceived and bore a son on the twenty-fifth of December was the great Oriental goddess whom the Semites called the Heavenly Virgin or simply the Heavenly Goddess, in Semitic lands she was a form of Astarte.” The theory that credits Astarte as being a prototype of the Virgin Mary made be given creditability by many who accept that Christ was born on December 25th; but not by those who do not believe this was the date of Christ’s birth, and say the exact date is unknown. A.G.H.
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Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfatimɐ]) is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary with respect to reported apparitions of her to three shepherd children at Fátima in Portugal on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on 13 May. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The title of Our Lady of the Rosary is also sometimes used in reference to the same apparition (although it was first used in 1208 for the reported apparition in the church of Prouille), because the children related that the apparition specifically identified herself as the “Lady of the Rosary”. It is also common to see a combination of these titles, i.e. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima (Portuguese: ”Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima”). The events at Fatima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.[citation needed] The reported apparitions at Fatima were officially declared “worthy of belief” by the Catholic Church. wikipedia (Our Lady Fatima)
What is Fatima?Fatima is Heaven’s intervention to save us from persecution, war, annihilation, enslavement and Hell.
Fatima is a visit by Our Heavenly Mother Mary in our time for our time. It is a Message of concern, a practical plan for world peace, a promise of Heaven.It is Heaven’s intervention to save us from persecution, martyrdom, war, enslavement or annihilation. Above all it’s a way to save our souls from Hell. It is meant for you and for me. 

Today Our Lady, by Divine Providence, invites you to learn The Whole Truth About Fatima by giving you this opportunity to know Her beautiful Message of Fatima.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared 6 times to 3 shepherd children; Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta, between May 13 and October 13, 1917 when She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government.

Our Lady’s Message

Our Lady of Fatima came with a message from God to every man, woman and child of our century, promising that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed.

She told us that war is a punishment for sin; that God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the commands of God.

 

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She may claim to be the “Mother of God,” “Queen of Heaven,” goddess of this, that or the other, but in actual fact she’ll just always be a devil in disguise:

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25 Comments »

  1. I am so confused, the truth seems so never but so far.

    Comment by Phillipa — November 16, 2009 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  2. you had me going there for a moment about the fatima stuff…but i like ur ending. good stuff.

    There is nothing confusing about the truth. Just know that our 1 & only savior is Jesus Christ our Lord.

    God is good!

    Comment by June — January 15, 2010 @ 12:07 am | Reply

    • Absolutely and yes he is June… :) Drop by anytime.

      Comment by Phil — January 15, 2010 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  3. Jesus Christ said ‘ WE OVERCOME” .

    Comment by abey — July 17, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  4. Well written. Mary is not devine, but you need to say why worship of Mary is ungodly, quoting scripture.

    Comment by sally — July 19, 2010 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  5. Very insightful article. I will use it in my studis. You may want to note though that “Ishtar” is not a Sumerian deity, but Babylonian. The Sumerians worshipped the Goddess Inanna.

    Comment by warlockasylum — September 17, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  6. good research, but you’re religous believes clouds your judgement.

    Comment by riaan — October 1, 2010 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

    • In what way do my religious beliefs cloud my judgment?

      Comment by Phil — October 1, 2010 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  7. I like your website and the pictures. But the background colors with the writing content make me want to click away from finishing the articles and look elsewhere. Just my opinion, black writing on white background is always easier on the eyes and does not distract from the content of the writing.
    Jim

    Comment by jim — December 1, 2010 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  8. Beautiful story of the Goddess and her many aspects and names.
    Fascinating how She is the foundation of all religions, eh?

    Mother comes first! Always. :)

    She is the Alpha and Omega after all.
    Giving birth to the universe and then taking us back into her at the end of our lives.

    Comment by p. panagiotou — March 8, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  9. Hi,
    I want permission to distribute this blog and research to all my friends by copieng the content and arrange it properly so everyone can read and dont distract until full article completes.. please..
    thanks
    vinod

    Comment by Vinod Kumar — April 16, 2011 @ 6:57 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for all the info. Many of the pictures and information was also used in a History channel (I think) documentary about Mother & Child goddess throughout civilization. I really need to find the title of it. It gave a great overall history & archeological evidence from Semaria, Babylon, Egypt, and Rome that today’s Papal Lady of kingdoms is nothing more than a re-packaged ancient idea. Has anyone seen this documentary and can give me the title name please? Thanks!

    Comment by Carlos — April 17, 2011 @ 3:08 am | Reply

  11. Astarte, Queen of Heaven, my counselor between my life and the invisible influence! I trust Her and i believe in Her.

    Comment by cassandra — April 17, 2011 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  12. [...] from ancient Cyprus Ashtoreth from ancient Israel Astarte from ancient Greece Demeter from Mycenae Hathor from ancient Egypt [...]

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  13. Thank you for the insightful research. It has confirmed that the so called Mary Queen of Heaven is an imposter. Mary Mother of Jesus (not Mother of God) is in heaven and her business remains in heaven. The only one making trips in between and giving revealation is the Holy Spirit. And for the record panagiotou, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega.

    For every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is LORD.

    Comment by Agnes — April 28, 2011 @ 2:22 am | Reply

  14. What an eye-opener for believers.Real believers.

    Comment by Marissa Castro — November 1, 2011 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  15. Jesus Christ is the one true god. Beware of the workers of iniquity. Beware of Ashtoreth. She is as much around now as she was then. Don’t fall prey to her trap. She is Babylon, the mother of all abominations, and as Chaka khan said “She’s every woman.” The devil in disguise, the woman at the end of the long and winding road. Ignore her “la la la’s”. Do not follow her westward. You have been warned. 

    Comment by Prophet of Jesus Christ — June 30, 2012 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  16. To those who understand: Rebuke Ashtoreth in the name of Jesus Christ everyday. She is not something to be praised or toyed with. “Revelation 19:1-2
    And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: [2] For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega.

    Comment by Prophet of Jesus Christ — June 30, 2012 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  17. Dear servants of the most High God,

    Am so touched by this truth, therefore i kindly ask for your official permission to add this truth to my research against world cults and church doctrinal miss truth which i want to publish soon.
    thank you,
    John

    Comment by Pastor John Kazibwe — November 3, 2012 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  18. Your page has confirmed what I have come to know by Bible study. I am shocked that the Christmas festivities and Easter have been developed and promoted by the Catrholic church and have beguiled all of Chrysendom into worshipping pagan gods. I for one will do as Jesus said and remember Him by taking Communion not having anything to do with chocolate eggs, santa and all that rubbish
    Faye

    Comment by Faye Rod — November 9, 2012 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  19. Hello colleagues, nice article and fastidious arguments commented here, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

    Comment by Check This Out — August 11, 2013 @ 6:59 am | Reply

  20. HELLO MY FRIENDS LISTEN THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD JESUS CHRIST WHOS LEAVING IN OUR BODY AND LIFE…

    Comment by RONY — October 5, 2013 @ 5:43 am | Reply

  21. I skimmed through this page and will have to come back to read it all, I just wish the background of the font wasn’t so busy because it makes it harder to read (for me personally). Otherwise thank you for sharing all your research. It is too bad that all these “Christian” holidays have infiltrated into our society. All I can say is for us not to judge our fellow family and Christian family who still celebrate the way paganism has taught but to show them the truth in love. And most importantly let’s continue to seek the Lord with all our heart, allowing us to show His love and mercy to all that surround us.

    Comment by Diana — January 22, 2014 @ 5:24 am | Reply

  22. Hello ! Theres is many figure in Egypte, all are come from NEITH. Isis is not Andromède, this is idiot. 2 woman from Egypte are sémitic, and with the semitic culte they transform the 2 godness in prostitute ! Isis with child is not andromede ! BUT OUR ACTUAL GAY CENTAURUS ! This is a fusion with 2 sign, Horus in Saturn aka BISON MAN + ISIS with child ! All religion are GAY !
    >>> http://secretebase.free.fr/complots/zodiac/coma/coma.htm

    Comment by AkenaCkayanovamoon — April 28, 2014 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  23. The Old Testement is very clear on these God’s and what they stand for ,they are Deamons and those who worship them will be put to utter shame .ISIAH 42:17.There is only one GOD which HIS name HIS YAHWE.,He gave HIS one and only begotten son YESHUA JESUS CHRIST to save the world.Comment by Carlos.

    Comment by Carlos Lewis — July 1, 2014 @ 3:15 pm | Reply


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