Black Madonna and Child

This was really fascinating to me…here’s the background story:

Osiris and Set were brothers. Set was jealous of Osiris for always doing things right so he plotted to kill him. Knowing his brother’s measurements, he made a gold sarcophagus to Osiris’ exact size. He brought it out on the day Osiris wed Isis and used it to play a game with the guests. Something like the man who fits the sarcophagus wins a prize. (Silly game if you ask me…but I guess if there’s a lot of wine flowing….) Finally Osiris gives it a shot and as soon as he lays in it, which was a perfect fit, Set puts the gold lid on top and seals it with his powers. Then chucks the sarcophagus into the Nile. Meanwhile, newly wed wife Isis, still a virgin, laments for her husband and cries out to god…who conceives in her a son she names Horus. Horus grows up, learns of his uncle’s evil plot and confronts him about it. The two always battle and the battle always ends with both being seriously wounded. Somewhere in this story, Isis is able to bring Osiris back to life.

The Egyptian engraving above is found at the Philae Temple on the Isi-Island. Apparently when the Christians saw the engraving, the immediately adopted it and renamed Isis the Black Madonna. It’s very much like the more modern depictions of the Madonna and Child isn’t it?

And actually, the story of Osiris, Set and Horus also seems to contain some very similar themes to the Bible stories I grew up on:

– Cain killing Abel because his offering was accepted by God
– Mary, a virgin, conceiving by the Holy Spirit
– the spiritual battle between Christ and Satan
– the resurrection of the dead

There actually a LOT of ancient myths where goddesses conceive outside of a union with a male and that child becomes some kind of savior figure. As demonstrated here, even ancient Egyptian mythology contains themes and stories similar to Biblical ones. Some suggest the only conclusions to draw are that the Biblical accounts aren’t so original after all…or that it’s all based on pagan sources…or that all belief systems are the same. I think there’s one, more accurate conclusion…

…There is one Truth but many slightly twisted versions of it.

Where there’s the real deal, there’ll always be a copy. Considering all our origins trace back to the same source, I’m not surprised there are many stories/myths/themes similar to the ones in the Bible. I also don’t believe that the Bible coming after the ancient myths casts any shadow on its truth. It’s like how everyone has their version about something that happened to someone (and it get circulated via parchment, hieroglyphic engravings, painted frescos)…but then the actual person comes in to set the story straight and lifts the mystery.

Ephesians 3:4-5 says this: In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

And per Jesus Himself in John 14:6, “I am the Truth.”


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