The story of Goddess Isis

2018-03-19 13:37:36

She was the Egyptian goddess worshipped around the world.  Known as the goddess of magic and nature and daughter of the Earth and Sky, Isis was viewed as the ideal wife and mother and unlike many other Egyptian gods, she often dwelled amongst her people offering aid and knowledge.


The influence of  Isis was far-reaching. She was a popular goddess who was worshipped even outside of Egypt. Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts, temples and obelisks everywhere from Greece and Italy to Germany and Great Britain that honor the goddess Isis.  Isis was the patron of magic and nature. She symbolized both the perfect mother and the ideal wife.  Like most gods in cultures that practice polytheism, Isis was responsible for many aspects of Egyptian life.  Patron of the slaves and sinners. Advocate of the penniless and supporter of the artisan.  She was a symbol of fertility and goddess of motherhood.

Isis was the first born daughter of Nut, goddess of the overarching sky and Geg, god of the Earth.  In Egyptian mythology, Isis was married to Osiris, also a powerful god. The two had a son named Horus.  One of Egypt's most prominent folklore tales tells the story of how Osiris was betrayed by his enemy Seth.  Seth tricked Osiris and drowned him in the Nile.  Isis used her magical powers to resurrect her husband, but Seth was relentless and killed Osiris again, this time hacking his body into 14 pieces and spreading the remains across the lands.
Grief-stricken, Isis set out across the desert in hopes of find the remains of her husband and making him whole again.  Isis searched the desert for years and was finally able to piece back together the remains of her husband Osiris and bring him to life. Isis protected Osiris until he regained his strength.
Versions of the story differ, but must suggest that Osiris was resurrected but incomplete because Isis was unable to find his genitalia. In one tale, she fashioned a substitute from clay to ensure that she could become impregnated and give birth to her son Horus.  Horus becomes a powerful god in his own right and exacts revenge on Seth, destroying him in retribution for his father's death.
Isis was one of the few goddesses in Egyptian mythology to dwell amongst her followers.  She taught women how to make bread from grain and weave cloth along with other household duties. Isis was worshipped as the goddess of wisdom and health.  She was also considered the protector of the dead in the afterlife.  Myth suggests that it was Isis' tears at the loss of her husband that caused the annual flooding of the Nile