Sunday, October 12, 2014

Who is the Goddess Isis? Not the Army of ISIS

In the typical form of her myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky, and she was born on the fourth intercalary day. She married her brother, Osiris, and she conceived Horus with him. Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris when he was murdered by Set.

Isis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is what you’re likely to get if you do a google search on “who is the goddess Isis,” but first things first.  The goddess Isis has absolutely no connection with the Islamic State: IS, ISIS or ISIL.   A lot of decent business are named after the goddess, many of them metaphysical and some, specifically for women.

Having always thought that people who used abbreviations like ISIL or IS were snobs, Wally used to cringe whenever he heard someone use the them.  “Why don’t they just say ISIS and do without the uppity attitude,” he'd often ask?

Recently, however, even Wally refers to the unholy warriors as IS.  The way he explains his linguistic conversion is, “I do it out of respect for a very old goddess and way of worshipping, as well as for modern business who have taken on that once sacred name.”

And when it comes to his choice of IS instead of ISIS, Wally finds himself agreeing with, at least, one aspect of the way in which the Obama Administration is dealing with the so-called Islamic State, albeit for different reasons.  

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