Monday, November 3, 2014

Who is Isis? Probably not who you think…

One definition:

“Isis (/ˈaɪsɪs/; Ancient Greek: Ἶσις; original Egyptian pronunciation more likely "Aset" or "Iset") is a goddess from the polytheistic pantheon of Egypt. She was first worshiped in Ancient Egyptian religion, and later her worship spread throughout the Roman empire and the greater Greco-Roman world. Isis is still widely worshiped by many pagans today in diverse religious contexts; including a number of distinct pagan religions, the modern Goddess movement, and interfaith organizations such as the Fellowship of Isis.”

A fun definition:

“The Secrets of Isis (a.k.a. simply Isis) starred JoAnna Cameron as Andrea Thomas, a high-school science teacher who found an ancient mystical amulet on an archeological dig in Egypt. The amulet belonged to Hatshepsut, an ancient Egyptian Queen, and it gave the wearer the powers of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Whenever Isis was needed, Andrea would reveal the amulet (which she wore as an everyday necklace) and recite an incantation ("O Mighty Isis!"), transforming her into the goddess/superhero.”

Who Isis is not is terrorist, she has nothing to do with stuff we see on the news, she predates Islam.

Why am I talking about this? It is simple, we give power to things even when we should, we are giving power to the a group and letting them co-opt an honorable name and historical figure. There are some good people I know named Isis or who name things they possess Isis, and they are currently being attacked, for having a name that most people do not truly understand.
I am an educator, therefore I must educate on this issue: if you meet someone named Isis, or if you meet someone who happened to name something Isis (even if they are Muslim), do not assume the worst because you will be completely wrong. It is a name!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele

The ETeam

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