Isis was and still is in some respects, one of the most revered goddesses in history. She was so respected that the Greeks and even the Romans worshipped her just as much as her faithful Egyptians.
Isis has her roots in ancient Egyptian antiquity. Even if no one is completely sure where or when her worship began, it is far in Egypt’s past. The daughter of Nut and Geb, one of Isis’s roles was that of goddess of magic. She was also considered a funerary goddess and the protector of the dead because of her resurrection of her brother and husband Osiris.
The story of how Isis became so revered is a gruesome one in some respects. Isis loved her husband Osiris, but their brother Set was jealous and murdered and dismembered him throwing the pieces to the crocodiles. Isis put him back together and blew life back into him. It is said that after this he fathered Horus, before going to rule the underworld. Despite being ruler of the underworld, he still found time to visit Isis and his son. Isis’s ability to put Osiris back together and breathe life into him is one of the reasons she became a funerary goddess and a protector of the dead.
Isis’s name means literally “throne”, and her symbol is a throne. Over time she became assimilated with the fertility goddess Hathor and is sometimes also seen with the headdress with horns and a sun disk in the center. This assimilation led to her also being shown as mother nursing her son Horus. Some believe that this particular depiction of Isis was the inspiration for the depictions of Mary nursing Christ as a baby. It is believed this was one way that those who worshipped Isis could keep her worship and memory alive; by simply transferring Isis and Horus to Mary and Christ.
The worship of Isis has continued into the present day largely because of modern paganism and Wicca. It is not at all uncommon for those who practice modern paganism or magic within Wicca, for a practitioner to call on the goddess Isis.
I called on her, too, placing her right in the center of DIVINITAS, one of my earliest and most original works. If you skim through it, however, don’t be disappointed if you don’t find her name up front. I didn’t want to be so straightforward or so bold, so I changed it to one of her frequently used secondary names. Here’s what I found when I was researching my book:
Aset = Asethi = Isis
and her mate, who we all know is the god Osiris, has a similar set of names:
Us-Yri = Ausir = Osiris
So in DIVINITAS, the name of my first main characters are Us-Yri and Aset, the gods Osiris and Isis in their human forms, so to speak.
If you want to skip all the book’s info, you can read of her in one of the sexy, tasty and very adult excerpts I’ve chosen for you by clicking HERE!
AUTHOR: Laura Tolomei
GENRE: Erotica, Gay, GLBT, Lesbian, Menage à Trois, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Deities, God, Gods, m/m, m/f/f, m/m/f
ISBN: 9781554872152
HEAT LEVEL: 5 flames
PAGES: 266
RELEASEE DATE: 1 January 2009
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin