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Originally posted by arpgme
\The earlier link I gave you with the ".edu" site, 10 Egyptologist confirmed that almost all of the parallels mentioned there were true.
Edmund: Look, there's no need to panic. Someone in the crew will know how to steer this thing.
Rum: The crew, milord?
Edmund: Yes, the crew.
Rum: What crew?
Edmund: I was under the impression that it was common maritime practice for a ship to have a crew.
Rum: Opinion is divided on the subject.
Edmund: Oh, really? [starting to get the picture]
Rum: Yahs. All the other captains say it is; I say it isn't.
Edmund: Oh, God; Mad as a brush. (Source)
The word's precise meaning is uncertain but its context is that of astronomical
constellations, and it is often interpreted as a term for the zodiac, or the zodiacal constellations as a group
reply to post by racasan
While many constellations were known, the grouping of twelve along the ecliptic developed in the period 1000-500 BC in Babylon. There is an early form of the zodiac described in the first tablet of the Mul Apin (circa 1000 BC), but it had seventeen rather than twelve constellations. It was centuries later that the twelve sign zodiac first appeared. The Mazzaroth most likely concerned the entire set of fixed constellations in the night sky rather than one specific group.
division of the sky chosen by the IAU in the 20th century.
In antiquity, the division of the sky around the time of the New Testament differed by eight degrees from that assumed in Zeitgeist and elsewhere. Thus Jesus would have shown up about five centuries too early for any "Age of Pisces."
This is why, for example, the renowned astrologer/astronomer Ptolemy writes about the sun rising in Aries on the spring equinox in the second century AD - long after the time of Jesus.
The Egyptians never used the zodiac until the Ptolemaic dynasty that followed the conquest of Alexander the Great. Their use of the bull was very much for the same reason as other cultures before and after - the bull was widely recognized as a symbol of fertility.
The iconography of Mary and Jesus is very reminiscent of that of Isis and Horus and it is quite a good bet the former was based on the latter. But the Jesus/Mary icons began appearing centuries after Christianity had begun - thus it may be a sign of later syncretism but not early dependence. Then again, any depiction of a mother and child are going to resemble that of Isis and Horus since those are based upon how mothers and their children actually look. It does not appear Mary was as important early on and, as Egypt was Christianized, the popular devotion to Isis/Horus was adapted to Mary/Jesus but I have no firm proof.