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It's sad that the proper historical context of Christianity has been so suppressed and ignored, that what represents Christianity today is at best likely a distorted half truth, the religion that developed in Galilee as a fusion of Greek religion and Hebrew tradition, a product of Sepphoris in the vicinity of Nazareth.
There are thought to be between 60,000 and 70,000 Mandaeans worldwide. Until the 2003 Iraq war, almost all of them lived in Iraq. Many Mandaean Iraqis have since fled their country (as have many other Iraqis) because of the turmoil created by the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation by U.S. armed forces, and the related rise in sectarian violence by Muslim extremists. By 2007, the population of Mandaeans in Iraq had fallen to approximately 5,000
the Mandaeans believe that Abraham and Moses were false prophets,
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Mandaeans consider the holy spirit that is known as Ruha d-Qudsha in the Talmud and Bible to be an evil being.
Bound is the phalanx of Nanay, she and her seven sisters who dwell on the river Harin Bound and shackled is Nanay of Borṣip and shackled is Nanay of Bīt Guzayye which is in Gahzay
The earliest Mandaic texts also know Nabû as the god of Borsippa . In one Mandaic incantation, a reference is made to Nanaya as a magical medium beside the “wise men of Babylon”. On a magic bowl, Nanaya is called “mistress of the world.”
I think the original venture was undertaken in good faith however and that it's valid, a sensible development of it's day.
Open theism as a theological movement developed within evangelical and post-evangelical Protestant Christianity as a response to certain ideas related to the synthesis of Greek philosophy and Christian theology. It is typically advanced as a biblically motivated and philosophically consistent theology of human and divine freedom (in the libertarian sense), with an emphasis on what this means for the content of God's foreknowledge and exercise of God's power. In short, open theism says that since God and humans are free, God's knowledge is dynamic and God's providence flexible.
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They also (in contrast to traditional theism) tend to hold that the biblical portrait of God is of one deeply moved by creation, experiencing a variety of feelings in response to it.
Athena pops out fully formed the role of Nanaya as sexual Goddess and Bau as domestic can be traced right back to the traditional role of women in gathering and preparation in hunter gatherer cultures,
BirthAlthough Athena appears before Zeus at Knossos — in Linear B, as 𐀀𐀲𐀙𐀡𐀴𐀛𐀊, a-ta-na po-ti-ni-ja, “Mistress Athena” — in the Classical Olympian pantheon, Athena was remade as the favorite daughter of Zeus, born fully armed from his forehead
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A changed status in classical mythology
J.J. Bachofen advocated that Athena was originally a maternal figure stable in her security and poise but was caught up and perverted by a patriarchal society; this was especially the case in Athens. The goddess adapted but could very easily be seen as a god. He viewed it as "motherless paternity in the place of fatherless maternity" where once altered, Athena's character was to be crystallized as that of a patriarch.
Whereas Bachofen saw the switch to paternity on Athena's behalf as an increase of power, Freud on the contrary perceived Athena as an "original mother goddess divested of her power". In this interpretation, Athena was demoted to be only Zeus's daughter, never allowed the expression of motherhood. Still more different from Bachofen's perspective is the lack of role permanency in Freud's view: Freud held that time and differing cultures would mold Athena to stand for what was necessary to them.
The biblical tradition of the virgin Goddess i understand simply derives from the earlier usage
Artemis is interesting in that if she develops as a potential stand alone representation of the Feminine in the abstract metaphysical sense there can be no natural Male consort apart from her brother Apollo who is the balance in that sibling relationship, he also being without consort albeit many dalliances, the pair of them seemingly best left to themselves.
in principle if the Goddess of wisdom watches over the entire city then perhaps that endows them with enough wisdom each to make their own decision in the running of the state...?
If you like a challenge you could also consider how this might relate to the transformation of people into frogs...
The primeval waters were themselves part of the creation process, therefore, the deities representing them could be seen as creator gods. According to the myth, the eight gods were originally divided into male and female groups. They were symbolically depicted as aquatic creatures because they dwelt within the water: the males were represented as frogs, and the females were represented as snakes. These two groups eventually converged, resulting in a great upheaval, which produced the pyramidal mound. From it came the sun
You sort of got it, the symbol of an intermediate state of being, between water and land, between spiritual and physical, and obviously used in the mysteries to relate that kind of experience.
The old man said, "I do know you, boy."
"You and I, we have walked the same path. I also hung on the tree for nine days, a sacrifice of myself to myself. I am the lord of the Aes. I am the god of the gallows."
"You are Odin," said Shadow.
The man nodded thoughtfully, as if weighing up the name. "They call me many things, but yes, I am Odin, Bor's son," he said.
"I saw you die," saidShadow. "I stood vigil for your body. You tried to destroy so much for power. You would have sacrificed so much for yourself. You did that."
"I did not do that."
"Wednesday did. He was you."
"He was me, yes. But I am not him."
if you simply place the various qualities in the heavens as shiny baubles people find it difficult to relate to the Divine.
A tutelary (also tutelar) is a deity or spirit who is a guardian, patron or protector of a particular place, geographic feature, person, lineage, nation, culture or occupation.
One type of tutelary deity is the genius, the personal deity or daimon of an individual from birth to death. Pierre A. Riffard defines a tutelary spirit as either the genius (present since birth) or a familiar spirit.
Within Ribchester’s museum stands a pedestal, which is believed to have ‘carried four figures in relief . On one side is Apollo, clad in a cloak and Phrygian cap, wearing a quiver and resting on his lyre. The side which possibly carried a relief of Maponus has been defaced. On another side are two female figures, whose identity and roles have been interpreted differently. Nick Ford interprets the relief to depict the genius loci of Ribchester making an offering to Belisama, the goddess of the Ribble.