"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched."
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
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Marduk’s father was Ea/Enki (God of the Waters and creation) and mother was Damkina/Damgalnuna.
Gilagamesh father was Lugalbanda and his mother Ninsun, mortals though Ninsun became a goddess.
Buddha’s father was Śuddhodana and mother was Māyādevī, King of the Shakya and Princess of the Koliyan respectively. Buddhist legend tells that Māyādevī (married and having -not yet- conceived) dreamed a White elephant entered her side and eventually gave birth to Siddhartha.
Osiris’ father was Geb (Earth) and Nut (Sky), who also gave birth to Isis, Set, and Nephtys.
Dionysus’ mother was a mortal, Semele, a Theban princess, who had an affair with Zeus. Zeus kills her by accident but rescues the child in her womb and places it in his thigh, where he carries Dionysus to term. Semele becomes a goddess of the Bacchic orgy, Thyone.
Genghis Khan? Genghis Khan?
Absolutely none of these were considered virgin mothers. Some could be said to be from a Great Mother, but not from an “Original One”. Dionysus is the only one that comes close, but only if we take a very revisionist, symbolic approached to the idea of Zeus impregnating Semele and consider the myths of the gods mere folktales. (Incidentally, Socrates would probably agree with that, but that’s neither here nor there.)
The movie Zeitgeist peddled this same lazy revisionism a few years ago; as someone that spent his childhood reading about myths, it kind of pisses me off. The question of what was meant by bthoolto is worth asking, but Sjoo’s reading of these stories is at the very best lazy (perhaps “imaginative”) and at the worst deliberate misrepresentations. It’s also possible she simply hadn’t read any of them and is a victim of second-hand misreadings from someone else. I think it goes without saying that dishonest ‘scholarship’ is not in the service of feminism, and you’re not going to enlighten people with hatchet job retellings of ancient mythology.
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