Historical Sacred Prostitution & The Ideal Virgin Replacing Woman's Equality
by, 05-22-2015 at 06:36 AM (1390 Views)
Once upon a time, when all fairy tails were paradoxical, woman and men treated and valued each other as equals, for their existence depended upon each other. They acknowledged that as a whole they were both an important separate pair.
Sex was not viewed as it is today. It was seen for its results, viewed as a sacred act that attracted fertility, increased wealth, promoted beauty and attracted significant others.In The Temple Of Ishtar, prostitutes were originally divine divas of the Goddess Ishtar. Similar to the Goddess, women were honored and valued by men for not just beauty and sex, they were recognized for their attributes of fertility, love, and prosperity. The selected woman who men paid for sex treated men as royalty and were blessed. It was told that if a man complimented a prostitute telling her that she was beautiful, the Goddess Ishtar blessed the men with prosperity and a significant other. Offerings to the divas were given to the Goddess in her temple.
It was with the coming of C.. Later on, that virgins became the new fashionable icon; sex before marriage became scrutinized. Men were given all authority, and woman were said to just be a part of man to keep him company. Nothing but a piece made of Adam's rib, woman were brainwashed and dominated and made to feel shame, opposed to liberating their sexuality and express it freely. As woman lost equality, one God became the idle of the world order.Recognition and worship of the Goddess became a thing of the past for majority. Prostitution, freedom and liberation of feminine sexuality hid from the open and into the protection of the secrete underworld with the Goddess. She still returns each spring with secrets for those who want to listen and she bears gifts for those ready to receive them.
Ishtar is a Goddess of love and of war, of fertility and of destruction, and of death and rebirth. The Goddess Ishtar rises from the underworld each spring, revealing secrets of death, which are a part of life. With her arrival comes the abundance of beauty, sensuality, passion, lust, and fertility.
An occasion celebrated on the calendar marks her arrival each year. Eggs, rabbits, and signs of new growth are all a symbolic of fertility. Her name is also pronounced Easter. It's interesting to note some similarities found both on the calendar about her arrival and about the story of Jesus. She rises from the underworld just as Jesus rises from the dead. Jesus dies and returns with a message; he died for the sins of Mankind, which can be symbolic of a sacrifice of death to enhance that of life. Ishtar brings forth secrets of death, which are a part of life to promote new life.
The difference between the Christian and Pagan views are noteworthy in representation; a man is worshiped for his sacrifice to humanity and a woman is worshipped for fertility and gifts of prosperity for the life of mankind and nature. Celebrating a man who died for our supposed sins is the main aspect in Christian belief and Pagan’s celebrate the time of year with the return of new growth, fertility, and sensuality. Christians are meant to look negatively at themselves and worship a Man, while Ishtar’s arrival is celebrated with the new beginnings of life, sexuality, sensuality, beauty and fertility. Children take part in treasure hunts consisting of colored eggs, chocolate rabbits, while other traditions welcome the Goddesses sensuality, and fertility of the land to bring prosperity at the harvest season
When Christianity took over the Goddess Ishtar faced discrimination, much like woman of society. “They called Her, "The Whore of Babylon, who leads men into fornication." They called our sacred sexuality "sin," and cast shame on Her sacred Priestesses. They held up a "virgin" as the ideal that women should imitate instead of the sacred Goddess that they had always held as the most sacred image of Woman. This is essentially the state of things in the modern world.”
I will add the other sources, this is written from memory and the stories of Jesus are from Sunday School.