Sacred Prostitution Vagina Worship

Sharing Vagina for Spiritual Healing

"Blessed is the man who has found wisdom, and the mortal who knows prudence.
For it is better to traffic for her, than for treasures of gold and silver.
And she is more valuable than precious stones:
no evil thing shall resist her:
she is well known to all that approach her, and no precious thing is equal to her in value.

For length of existence and years of life are in her right hand;
and in her left hand are wealth and glory:
out of her mouth proceeds righteousness,
and she carries law and mercy upon her tongue.

Her ways are good ways, and all her paths are peaceful.
She is the tree of life to all that lay hold upon her;
and she is a secure help to all that stay themselves on her,
as on the Lord."


(Prov. III: 13-18)






Prostitutes' Rights


Support Prostitutes' Rights Now! -eminism.org

March 3rd is International Sex Worker Rights Day.

Prostitution Research and Education




International Prostitutes' Rights Organizations

˙ Network of Sex Work Projects (International)
˙ International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education
˙ International Union of Sex Workers

Africa


Sex Worker Education And Advocacy Taskforce (South Africa)

Asia


Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (India)

Australia


Scarlet Alliance - Australian Sex Workers Association
Sex Workers Outreach Project - NSW Australia
Scarlet Men - initiative of the Scarlet Alliance
Magenta - Sex worker support projects - Western Australia
South Australian Sex Industry Network
Resourcing Health & Education - Victoria

Europe


International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe
SWAN (Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network) (Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
UK laws regarding prostitution updated for 2006
STRASS, Syndicat du TRAvail Sexuel

North America


Commercial Sex Information Service (CSIS) (Canada)
COYOTE - Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (USA/North America)
History of Sex Work in Vancouver (downloadable PDF book written by sex workers)
Sex Workers Outreach Project USA SWOP-USA (USA)
$pread Magazine (National American publication by and for sex workers)
St. James Infirmary - San Francisco: The first occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers run by and for sex workers
SWANK (Sex Workers Action New York), New York, NY, USA

Natural Medical Institute



The Semen Therapy Study Record Your Own Experience After You Swallow Semen Everytime

SemenTherapy Learn the Science and Heath Benefits of Semen Therapy
Semen Lovers Meet People for Semen therapy
No Spilled Seed Semen Must Not be Spilled on the Ground, It Must be Swallowed
Sacred Vagina Spiritual History of Sacred Vagina
Empty Vagina Syndrome (EVS) Gynecologist Examines Woman Needing Intercourse
Breast Milk Therapy Learn the Health Benefits Breast Milk Therapy


Sacred Prostitution

Woman as Goddess

Vagina as Healer


Goddess Istar (Easter)

"Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you."


-Jesus (Matthew 21:31b)









˙ Sacred Prostitution Photos
˙ Prostitutes' Rights
˙ Jesus
˙ The Goddess
˙ The History Of Prostitution - to the present day
˙ Religion Changed and Changed Prostution

"The sight of a woman deliberately exposing
her naked vulva is deemed to be capable
of preventing evil from occurring."
- The Story OF V. by Dr Catherine Blackledge



Goddess Istar (Easter)




Rahab in the Old Testament was a harlot, but she became a believer. She is an ancestor of Jesus. Her name is also recorded in the Hall of Fame of Faith Hebrews ll:31 "By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe"
-http://bible-christian.org/prostitute.html


Prostitutes Are Not Punished By God



"But why should I punish them for their prostitution and adultery? For your men are doing the same thing, sinning with whores and shrine prostitutes."
-(Hosea 4:14 New Living Translation)

There Is No Hell In The Bible - TheHyperTexts.com


There is no Hell. It's not in the bible. There are three Hebrew words that got their meaning change to "hell" from "grave;" hades, sheol and Gehenna (which isn't even dead, it just a valley in Israel; Gehinnom the Valley of Hinnom. "At the time of Jesus, Gehenna was a fiery landfill and a good metaphor for a place to avoid.")
Abraham never said anyone could go to hell.
Moses never said anyone could go to hell.
Jesus never said anyone could go to hell.
Not in Paul's letters, not in the Gosples of Mathew, Mark, Luke or John.

"The only Jews who believed in "hell" at the time of Jesus were the Pharisees. We know this from the Jewish historian Josephus, a contemporary of Paul.
The Pharisees undoubtedly "borrowed" the concept of "hell" from the pagan Greeks after Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East during the "silent" period between the writing of the OT and NT.

The Hebrew word "Sheol" and the Greek word "Hades" clearly mean "the grave" or the "abode of all the dead (good and bad)."
The bad part of the Greek Pagan Hades is the word Tartarus and it could be discribed as hell, but it "appears in only a single verse in the entire Bible (2 Peter 2:4)in a verse about fallen angels awaiting judgment" it's not for human beings, it's not even eternal. Peter goes on listing bad things God has done as punishment and none of them are in the afterlife, and none of them are eternal damnation.

Jesus Christ himself mocked the idea that human beings would go to Tartarus in his parable of Lazarus and the rich man, which clearly describes the afterlife of the pagan Greeks, called Hades.
Hades was not "hell" because everyone went to Hades when they died. In Hades the heavenly regions (the Elysian Fields) were separated from the fiery pit of Tartarus (the Greek "hell") by an impassable abyss.
The dead could chat with each other across this abyss, but no one could cross it. Thus the "blessed" were unable to help the "wicked."

But of course this bizarre place was the invention of Greek poets like Homer and such a place had never been described anywhere in Hebrew scripture.
When the Pharisees claimed that they would inherit heaven simply by being descendents of Abraham, Jesus ridiculed their absurd belief by putting the Gentile beggar Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham,
and a rich Pharisee in the fiery Tartarus.

But this does not mean that Jesus believed in "hell." What he did is like me telling a flat-earther, "Be sure not to fall off the edge!"

The latest translation published by the Roman Catholic Church, the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) does not contain a single mention of a place called "hell."

Due to the nature of the Greek language, when Paul spoke of Jesus and faith, he could have been speaking of the faith of Jesus in God the Father, not the faith of Christians in Jesus. ...Christians could simply trust in the faith of Jesus to save everyone... the perfect faith of Jesus to activate the grace of God.
That would be like the faith of a son in his father,
or like the faith of God in himself.

"The Hebrew prophets and Jesus also clearly said that the "sin of Sodom" was self-righteousness and a lack of compassion, not homosexuality, which ironically would make conservative Christians the "Sodomites.""

"Ezekiel 16:53 says, "I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them." So the restoration of Israel was linked to the restoration of Gentile nations and people.
"In Ezekiel chapter 37, in Ezekiel's famous vision of the "valley of the dry bones," God showed Ezekiel that he would resurrect the entire house of Israel, "an exceedingly great host," and God said that the Israelites would believe in him after he gave them new life, not before."

Source - TheHyperTexts.com





"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"
(1 Corinthians 6:19)


The Sacred Goddess of Prostitution


Recent scholars are fast setting the record straight. Even if ancient priestesses were involved in ritual sex, even if they received offerings for their temples, they were not prostitutes but devotees worshiping their deity.
-matrifocus.com



Women would go to the temple to serve the Goddess to embody Her, to represent Her, to be worshiped as Her. Women would spend a day, or a week, or a year serving at the Temple as a priestess, as a sacred Prostitute, as a whore in service to the Goddess. There they would be worshiped as the incarnation of the Goddess, as The Goddess Herself.
-ishtartemple.org



Goddess Venus which Lucretius(4.1071) had dubbed Volgivaga "the street walker" was the patron of prostitutes who celebrated her feast on 23 April late into the Byzantine period. (the first Easter)






St Augustine warned (De Ord. 2.12)(if you) Banish prostitutes... you reduce society to chaos through unsatisfied lust. Unnatural sex is atrocious if committed with a prostitute, even more atrocious if committed with a wife.
If a man wishes to use part of the body of a woman which it is forbidden to use for that, it is more shameful for the wife to allow for such crime to be performed on her body than to let it be done on another woman. (De bon. conjug. 11.12)


If possessed by a non-procreative urge, a man simply had to go to a prostitute and pour out his sperm but in vasnce coitus interruptus was strictly forbidden.

mybyzantine.wordpress.com



Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice.

Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, "I invite you in the name of Mylitta" (that is the Assyrian name for Aphrodite). It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one.

After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the uncomely have long to wait because they cannot fulfill the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four.


History of The Oldest Profession



"The Sumerian word for female prostitute, kar.kid, occurs in the earliest lists of professions dating back to ca. 2400 BCE
On the same list we find the following female occupations: lady doctor, scribe, barber, cook
-Gerda Lerner "The Origin of Prostitution in Ancient Mesopotamia," Signs, Winter 1986


YouTube Money Was Made For Sacred Prostitution The origin of coin money in sacred prostitution at the temple of Ishtar quintessentialpublications.com


1075 BCE Assyrian law distinguished prostitutes from other women by dress in The Code of Assura. "If the wives of a man, or the daughters of a man go out into the street, their heads are to be veiled. The prostitute is not to be veiled.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook "The Code of the Assura," 1998

"According to Chinese tradition, commercial brothels were started in the seventh century BCE by the statesman-philosopher Kuang Chung [b.710 BCE-d.645 BCE]
Vern BulloughBonnie BulloughProstitution: An Illustrated Social History (1978)

Ancient Greece 5th century BCE.... The cost of sex was one obole, a sixth of a drachma and the equivalent of an ordinary worker's day salary."
Paul Vallely "A Brief History of Brothels," The London Independent, Jan. 21, 2006

5th century BCE Hetairai in Ancient Greece "[He]taira...a 'female companion'...was the term normally used for courtesans in Classical Athens...They were generally more cultivated than citizen women
Sarah B. PomeroyAncient Greece A Political, Social, and Cultural History, 1999

180 BCE Roman Regulations When an applicant registered with the aedile, she gave her correct name, her age, place of birth, and the pseudonym under which she intended practicing her calling. (Plautus, Poen.)
W. C. Firebaugh Notes in his translation of The Satyricon, Complete (1922) by Petronius Arbiter

1161 England Regulates Prostitution Henry II allowed the regulation of London's Bankside "stew-houses" [brothels] which included rules that prohibited forced prostitution, allowed for weekly searches by constables or bailiffs, and mandated closing on holidays.
Hilary EvansHarlots, Whores & Hookers: A History of Prostitution (1979)

"It was between 1350 and 1450 that the cities institutionalized prostitution, setting up a prostibulum publicum [municipal brothel] when the city did not already have one. The Castelletto in Venice opened its doors in 1360.... Florence took a similar decision in 1403; Siena in 1421."
Jacques RossiaudMedieval Prostitution (1988)
"When the Great Council of Venice ratified a decree in 1358 that declared prostitution 'absolutely indispensable to the world,' this was a definite sign of the times."
Nils Johan RingdalLove For Sale: A World History of Prostitution (2004)

16th Century Elite Renaissance Courtesans in Italy "An aristocratic and courtly environment with limited access to aristocratic and courtly women€¦ engendered a higher caliber of prostitute -- a woman who was not only young and beautiful, but who could grace with wit and charm a dinner or an evening otherwise dominated by male clerics...[T]he courtesan flourished as an elite form of prostitute quickly copied by an increasingly aristocratic upper class throughout Italy...
Guido RuggieroBinding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance, 1993

1617 Japan Creates Red-Light Districts The red-light district Yoshiwara [Good Luck Meadow] was "established in 1617 on the edge of the city [Edo now known as Tokyo] to gather all legal brothels in an out-of-the-way spot,
Gerald Figal "A Night at the Yoshiwara," Figal-sensei.org, Last accessed May 25, 2007

1699 Regulation of Prostitution in Colonial America "Prostitution was not an offense in either English or American common law, and, prior to World War I
Eleanor M. Miller, PhDKim Romenesko, MA and Lisa Wondolkowski "The United States," Prostitution: An International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Policies, 1993

1760s - 1780s Prostitution Flourishes in Colonial New York "Colonial New York was preeminently a seaport, and prostitution flourished in the streets and taverns close to the docks
Timothy J. Gilfoyle, PhD "The Urban Geography of Commercial Sex: Prostitution in New York City, 1790-1860," The Other Americans: Sexual Variance in the National Past, 1996

Nov. 6, 1778 France's Lenoir Ordinance Prostitutes did not legally exist in France after 1560 but were unofficially licensed by police. For example the Lenoir ordinance "purported to renew the 1560 Act..." stated "[p]rostitutes - femmes de da©bauche - were forbidden to exist. If, however, they insisted on existing, they were forbidden to walk in public places or display themselves at windows in such a way as to attract custom; and, if they insisted on doing these forbidden things, they must do them only in certain parts of the city."
Hilary EvansHarlots, Whores & Hookers: A History of Prostitution (1979)

July 29, 1864 Britain's Contagious Diseases Act This legislation allowed the police to arrest prostitutes in ports and army towns and bring them in to have compulsory checks for venereal disease. If the women tested positive they were hospitalized until cured.
Trevor Fisher "Prostitution and the Victorians" (1997)

In the fall of 1900 the Committee of 15 was formed to examine how New York City should treat prostitution. Its 1902 report The Social Evil opposed regulation and included recommendations such as improvements to housing, health care, and increasing women's wages.
Committee of Fifteen The Social Evil (1912) Full Text (PDF) 5.17MB

1927 Germany Decriminalizes Prostitution decriminalized prostitution in general, abolished the morals police, and outlawed regulated brothels. These were major achievements from the perspective of prostitutes' rights
Julia Roos "Backlash against Prostitutes' Rights: Origins and Dynamics of Nazi Prostitution Policies," Journal of the History of Sexuality, Jan.-Apr. 2002

1959 Britain Legalizes Prostitution Based on the recommendation of the Wolfenden Report, Britain decriminalized prostitution
Time Magazine "Off the Streets," Aug. 31, 1959

In 1971 the state of Nevada began to formally regulate prostitution giving rural counties the option to license brothels.
Richard Symanski "Prostitution in Nevada," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Sept. 1974

Aug. 1990 COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), the first prostitute's rights group in the United States, is formed in San Francisco by Margo St. James in 1973. Similar groups form across the country form such as FLOP (Friends and Lovers of Prostitutes), HIRE (Hooking Is Real Employment), and PUMA (Prostitute Union of Massachusetts Association).
Valerie Jenness "From Sex as Sin to Sex as Work: COYOTE and the Reorganization of Prostitution as a Social Problem,"

"...[T]he International Committee for Prostitutes' Rights held its first congress in Amsterdam in 1985." This was the first international meeting of prostitute's rights groups.
Nils Johan RingdalLove For Sale: A World History of Prostitution (2004)

Oct. 1, 2000 Netherlands Legalizes Brothels It is now legal to run a business where men or women over the age of consent are voluntarily employed as prostitutes. The person running the business must satisfy certain conditions and obtain a license from the local authorities."
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Dutch Policy on Prostitution," 2005 Full Text (PDF) 34KB

2002 Germany Reforms Law The 2002 German Prostitution Reform Law declared prostitution was no longer immoral, that pimping is legal if enforced with formal contracts, it increased access to state health insurance and pension schemes, and allowed prostitutes to sue their clients for non-payment.
BBC "German Prostitutes Get New Rights," Dec. 12, 2001

On June 25, 2003, by a vote of 60-59, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 [ (PDF) 47KB] that decriminalized prostitution and created a system of regulations for brothels.
BBC "NZ Votes To Legalize Prostitution," June 25, 2003

"Taiwan began a process of legalizing prostitution Wednesday [June 24, 2009] making the island the latest place in the world to decriminalize the world's oldest profession.
Reuters "Pressured by Sex Workers, Taiwan OKs Prostitution," www.reuters.com, June 24, 2009

"The Ontario Superior Court struck down key provisions of Canada's prostitution law Tuesday [Sep. 28, 2010], saying it endangers sex trade workers.
The ruling would effectively decriminalize sex trade in the province and, if upheld on appeal, halt enforcement of anti-prostitution laws across Canada.
The court declared unconstitutional portions of the law banning brothels and soliciting for prostitution.
Three Toronto women launched the legal challenge in October 2009, arguing that prohibiting solicitation endangers prostitutes by forcing them to seek customers on street corners.
They called for the decriminalization of prostitution and for the right to open brothels to provide a safer environment for prostitutes.
The court agreed."
Agence France-Presse (AFP) "Court Strikes Down Canada's Prostitution Law," news.google.com, Sep. 28, 2010


http://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000117

Religion turned on the Sacred Protitute and sex in general



Frankness had given way to prudish dishonesty
displayed both by Rabbinic Judaism and Patristic Christianity.
Such puritanism is surely to blame for the
proliferation of Byzantine prostitution
and in its trail the increase in numbers of abandoned children.

The bad faith shared by Augustine and Jerome
on the matter of prostitution
encouraged prostitution in exactly the same way
that the Victorian brothel was, according to Michel Foucault,
the offshoot of bourgeois puritanism. [16]

Brothels, Baths and Babes: Prostitution in the Byzantine Holy Land


Like Valentine's Day is the celebration of the Goddess and Vagina,

Easter is the Celebration of the Goddess receiving intercourse and sperm.


The Greek myth of the return of the earth-goddess Demeter from the underworld to the light of day, symbolizing the resurrection of life in the spring after the long hibernation of winter, had its counterpart, among many others, in the Latin legend of Ceres and Persephone. The Phrygians believed that their all-powerful deity went to sleep at the time of the winter solstice, and they performed ceremonies at the spring equinox to awaken him with music and dancing. The universality of such festivals and myths among ancient peoples has led some scholars to interpret the resurrection of Christ as a mystical and exalted variant of fertility myths.

The Ishtar Festivals were symbolical of Ishtar as the goddess of love or generation. As the daughter of Sin, the moon god, she was the Mother Goddess who presided over child birth; and women, in her honor, sacrificed their virginity on the feast day or became temple prostitutes, their earnings being a source of revenue for the temple priests and servants.

We learn about these Temple Prostitutes from The Interpreter's Dictionary of The Bible, Volume 3, pages 933-934:

The roll of the sacred prostitute in the fertility cult. The prostitute who was an official of the cult in ancient Palestine and nearby lands of biblical times exercised an important function. This religion was predicated upon the belief that the processes of nature were controlled by the relations between gods and goddesses. Projecting their understanding of their own sexual activities, the worshipers of these deities, through the use of imitative magic, engaged in sexual intercourse with devotees of the shrine, in the belief that this would encourage the gods and goddesses to do likewise.

Only by sexual relations among the deities could man's desire for increase in herds and fields, as well as in his own family, be realized. In Palestine the gods Baal and Asherah were especially prominent (see BAAL; ASHERAH; FERTILITY CULTS). These competed with Yahweh the God of Israel and, in some cases, may have produced hybrid Yahweh-Baal cults. Attached to the shrines of these cults were priests as well as prostitutes, both male and female. Their chief service was sexual in nature, the offering of their bodies for ritual purposes.

Sexual relations for ritual purposes was the ceremony for the Fertility Cults. The Interpreter's Dictionary, Volume 2, page 265 says:

FERTILITY CULTS.

The oldest common feature of the religions of the ancient Near East was the worship of a great mother-goddess, the personification of fertility. Associated with her, usually as a consort, was a young god who died and came to life again, like the vegetation which quickly withers but blooms again. The manner of the young god's demise was variously conceived in the myths: he was slain by another god, by wild animals, by reapers, by self-emasculation, by burning, by drowning. In some variations of the theme, he simply absconded. His absence produced infertility of the earth, of man, and of beast. His consort mourned and searched for him. His return brought renewed fertility and rejoicing.

In Mesopotamia the divine couple appear as Ishtar and Tammuz,
in Egypt as Isis and Osiris.
Later in Asia Minor, the Magna Mater is Cybele and her young lover is Attis.
In Syria in the second millennium b.c., as seen in the Ugaritic myths, the dying and rising god is Baal-Hadad, who is slain by Mot (Death) and mourned and avenged by his sister/consort, the violent virgin Anath.


Reading on page 103 of The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, 1959, we find
that Easter and Ishtar are the same:

Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than ''Astarte'', one of the titles of Beltis, ''The Queen of Heaven'' whose name, as ''pronounced'' by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That 'name', as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is ''Ishtar''.

The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop tells us of the doctrines of Semiramis:

''She (Semiramis) taught that he (Nimrod the Babe) was a god-child; that he was Nimrod, their leader reborn; that she and her child were divine. This story was widely known in ancient Babylon and developed into a well established worship. The Worship of The Mother and Child!

Numerous monuments of Babylon show the Goddess Mother Semiramis with her child Tammuz in her arms.''

ISHTAR (pronounced EASTER) of Assyria was worshiped in Pagan Antiquity during her spring festival! Collier's Encyclopedia, 1980, Volume 15, page 748, gives us this information:

Ishtar, goddess of love and war, the most important goddess of the Sumero-Akkadian pantheon. Her name in Sumerian is Inanna (lady of heaven). She was sister of the sun god Shamash and daughter of the moon god Sin. Ishtar was equated with the planet Venus. Her symbol was a star inscribed in a circle. As goddess of war, she was often represented sitting upon a lion. As goddess of physical love, she was patron of the temple prostitutes. She was also considered the merciful mother who intercedes with the gods on behalf of her worshipers. Throughout Mesopotamian history she was worshiped under various names in many cities; one of the chief centers of her cult was Uruk.



It is believed that the moon was adored in this idol. Her temples generally accompanied those of the sun; and while bloody sacrifices or human victims were offered to Baal, bread, liquors, and perfumes were presented to Astarte. For her, tables were prepared upon the flat terrace-roofs of houses, near gates, in porches, and at crossways, on the first day of every month; and this was called by the Greeks, Hecate's supper. Solomon, seduced by his foreign wives, introduced the worship of Ashtaroth into Israel; but Jezebel, daughter of the king of Tyre, and wife to Ahab, principally established her worship. She caused altars to be erected to this idol in every part of Israel; and at one time four hundred priests attended the worship of Ashtaroth, I Kings xviii. 7.


The cult of the Greek Aphrodite in Cyprus was borrowed from that of Ashtoreth;

In Babylonia Ishtar was identified with Venus. Like Venus, Ishtar was the goddess of erotic love and fertility. Her chief seat of worship was Uruk (Erech), where prostitution was practiced in her name


From various Egyptian sources it appears that Astarte or Ashtoreth was highly regarded in the Late Bronze Age.

Reading on pages 412-413 of Unger's Bible Dictionary, we find this information about Ashtoreth-Astarte:

Ash'toreth (ash'to-reth), Astarte, a Canaanite goddess. In south Arabic the name is found as 'Athtar (apparently from 'athara, to be fertile, to irrigate), a god identified with the planet Venus. The name is cognate with Babylonian Ishtar, the goddess of sensual love, maternity and fertility. Licentious worship was conducted in honor of her. As Asherah and Anat of Ras Shamra she was the patroness of war as well as sex and is sometimes identified with these goddesses. The Amarna Letters present Ashtoreth as Ashtartu.

In the Ras Shamra Tablets are found both the masculine form 'Athtar and the feminine 'Athtart. Ashtoreth worship was early entrenched at Sidon (I Kings 11:5, 33; II Kings 23:13).

Her... cult even presented a danger to early Israel (Judg. 2:13; 10:6).

Solomon succumbed to her voluptuous worship (I Kings 11:5; II Kings 23:13). The peculiar vocalization Ashtoreth instead of the more primitive Ashtaroth is evidently a deliberate alteration by the Hebrews to express their abhorrence for her cult by giving her the vowels of their word for ''shame'' (bosheth). M. F. U.

Asherah (a-she'ra), plural, Asherim, a pagan goddess, who is found in the Ras Shamra epic religious texts discovered at Ugarit in North Syria (1929-1937), as Asherat, ''Lady of the Sea'' and consort of El. She was the chief goddess of Tyre in the 15th century b.c. with the appellation Qudshu, ''holiness.''

In the Old Testament Asherah appears as a goddess by the side of Baal, whose consort she evidently came to be, at least among the Canaanites of the South. However, most Biblical references to the name point clearly to some cult object of wood, which might be worshiped or cut down and burned, and which was certainly the goddess' image (I Kings 15:13; II Kings 21:7). Her prophets are mentioned (I Kings l8:19) and the vessels used in her service referred to (II Kings 23:4).
Her cult object, whatever it was, was utterly detestable to faithful worshipers of Yahweh (I Kings 15:13) and was set up on the high places beside the ''altars of incense'' (hammanim) and the stone pillars (masseboth).

Indeed, the stone pillars seem to have represented the male god Baal (cf. Judg. 6:28),
while the cult object of Ashera, probably a tree or pole,
constituted a symbol of this goddess

(See W. L. Reed's The Asherah in the Old Testament, Texas Christian University Press).

But Asherah was only one manifestation of a chief goddess of Western Asia, regarded now as the wife, now as the sister of the principal Canaanite god El. Other names of this deity were Ashtoreth (Astarte) and Anath. Frequently represented as a nude woman bestride a lion with a lily in one hand and a serpent in the other, and styled Qudshu ''the Holiness,'' that is, ''the Holy One'' in a perverted moral sense, she was a divine courtesan







http://endrtimes.blogspot.com/2008/03/pagan-worship-of-easter.html








Devi, India's love goddess, her Yoni (Vagina) was worshiped
Love For Sale: A World History of Prostitution -books.google.com




Sacred Prostitutes
"Cultic prostitution is a practice involving the female and at times the male devotees of fertility deities, who presumably dedicated their earnings to their deity." The "Sacred Marriage" rite was one of "the motives of the practice, particularly in Mesopotamia," where the king had intercourse with "a temple prostitute" (Yamauchi 1973:213).

Indeed, it is likely that most Mesopotamian priestesses, with one possible exception, were expected to be pure and chaste.

Enthroned lady, probably a high priestess, found in the Ishtar temple at Mari in northern Mesopotamia. Alabaster statue. Dated c.2600-2400 BCE. A© S. Beaulieu, after Shepsut 1993:33, Fig. 6.

The one exception might have been the entu, whom the Sumerians called Nin.Dingir "Lady Deity" or "Lady Who Is Goddess" (Henshaw 1994:47; Frayne 1985:14). If the "Sacred Marriage Rite" ever involved human participants, this priestess might, as "Inanna," have had ritual intercourse with the king. However, the entu had very high status (Henshaw 1994:46) and, according to Mesopotamian law codes, had to adhere to "strict ethical standards" (Hooks 1985:13).

recent scholars are fast setting the record straight. Even if ancient priestesses were involved in ritual sex, even if they received offerings for their temples, they were not prostitutes but devotees worshiping their deity.
-matrifocus.com


Religious Prostitution
It was revered highly among Sumerians and Babylonians. In ancient sources (Herodotus, Thucydides) there are many traces of hieros gamos (holy wedding), starting perhaps with Babylon, where each woman had to reach, once a year, the sanctuary of Militta (Aphrodite or Nana/Anahita), and there have sex with a foreigner, as a sign of hospitality, for a symbolic price.
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The history of the Temple of Ishtar
A fundamental difference in the concept of worship is important to note: In the Temples of the old ways people would go to the temple TO BE WORSHIPED not to worship. Women would go to the temple to serve the Goddess to embody Her, to represent Her, to be worshiped as Her. Women would spend a day, or a week, or a year serving at the Temple as a priestess, as a sacred Prostitute, as a whore in service to the Goddess. There they would be worshiped as the incarnation of the Goddess, as The Goddess Herself.

Men would come to Her Temple TO BE WORSHIPED. Men would be welcomed and served by the Priestesses and men would represent the divine male principal, the Horned One, the Sacred Bull, The God. Men would come to the temple to give their love and passion to The Goddess, and would receive the passion, love, and affection of The Goddess.

In his book The Secret of Crete, H.G. Wunderlich reports that before marriage, every woman in Babylon was required to go to the temple of Ishtar and lie with a stranger. We have a similar report from Gerhard Herm in his book, The Phoenicians (1) , where women in the Canaanite cities of Tyre, Sidon and Byblos were required to become prostitutes for a day and give themselves to foreign guests during the spring festival. This festival survives today in the name of "Easter", which is derived from the word "Ishtar". Note that the women were to prostitute themselves with strangers or foreigners. In ancient times, the foreigners in these cities were mostly composed of traveling merchants and political dignitaries.
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John 11:2 "It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick." Then we have to go further in the story to verse 5, "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." Also we have to go back to before when Mary was not a believer but when she came to Jesus for salvation. Look at Luke 7:36-50 "Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee€™s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner (the word sinner for a woman in Jesus time meant she was a prostitute), when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee€™s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.' And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you.' So he said, "Teacher, say it.' "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. "And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?' Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more.' And He said to him, "You have rightly judged.' Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven.' And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?' Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."




1. Women are good.

2. Women need money.

3. Men need sex and want to pay for it.

4. Sex is good.

Therfore Sacred Prostitution was good.

Are you with me so far?


A little history of the Goddess
This is confusing so here are my points:
(note. Someone has to be offended, here that will be the Jewish, the witches, the Christians and the prudes.)


1. God ORIGINALLY was The Goddess. Babies came from women. Children knew who their Mother was. Breast Milk came from the Mother.
So ancient men were wholly dependent on the Woman. Not to mention the pleasure She could give when She wanted to with Her Vagina.

2. The Bible tells us to hate the early Goddess, too bad. The Old Testament (Jewish Torah) was written by some MEN around 500 B.C. (BCE)
during the Exodus. They were freaking out. Their God had recently undergone a rewrite cutting off all his sexuality to distance Him
from King Solomon's Temple carrying ons. If the new God was asexual, the Goddess had to go.

3. The Goddess has nothing to do with the witchy occult "Supreme Earth Womyn Divine Witch" kind of thing. Think more of Mother Mary.
Yes she ran the whole show, but without all the smoke and lights.

4. Her names were Istar, Astarte, Anahita, Andromeda, and Athirat (Asherah) (popular with the ancient Israelites) later Easter.
Her later incarnations of evil cults and accusations of the Bible notwithstanding, she didn't ask for
babies to be sacrificed, or men castrated, or girls sold into slavery. No offense but those sound like men's ideas.

5. Sacred Prostitution was in a Goddess Temple, for the benefit of women and children, taking mercy on the love starved men and
in thanks giving for Life, Freedom and the pursuits of happiness. A good time was had by ALL.

So, real Goddess GOOD. Men who hate women BAD. okay?


History of Prostitution






Goddess in Detail:

Anahita

the fertility goddess Ishtar, goddess of love, war and sex. Sacred prostitution was central to the cult of Ishtar throughout the ancient east where one of her cities, ancient Erech of Mesopotamia was actually named "town of the sacred courtesans€™.

according to the Ugaritic tablets she is seen as a priestess salaried by the temple where ritual copulation was part of her religious duties. The story of the widow Tamar at Genesis Chapter 38 would clearly indicate however that the rôle of consecrated קדשה Qedesã (verse 21) and the common harlot, the Hebrew זונה zõnãh (verse 15) were interchangeable. The LXX translates both these words with the Greek singular πόρνη pórne.

Scripture and other historical evidence, particularly. from Herodotus and Strabo would plainly assert that the pagan temple, forbidden in Israel under the Deuteronomic code, (Deut. 23:17-18) was in fact often a licensed brothel legalized under the pagan cultis and as such employing both the common harlot, the Hebrew זונה zõnãh, and the consecrated קדשה Qedesã.

The Hebrew prophets give graphic accounts as to the extent which heathen adulteries and idolatries had synchronized with the sanctuaries of Israel and the worship of Yahweh, and yet, as Jesus Himself did not place the harlots beyond the pale of redemption (St. Matthew. 21:31-32) a merciful God proclaimed of a people that lacked understanding: (Cf. Jonah 4:11).

I will not punish you for prostitution, playing a harlot.

Hosea 4:14 NIV

The cult of the Qedesã exists to this day

(Wikipedia article "Religious Prostitution' ancient and modern)

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Asherah was the Canaanite Venus, the Goddess of the Sea and the Mother of All the Gods. A lot is known about her from the Ugarit tablets that go back to the fourteenth century BC. She was the wife of the supreme god, El, whence her alternative name, Elath, the Goddess.

The Sumerians had a goddess called Ashratim who was also the consort of their supreme god, Anu, and so she is likely to be an earlier and perhaps the original epiphany of Asherah.

Several passages in the scriptures describe Asherahs being built or torn down, or uprooted. It seems they were pillars, usually of wood, occasionally of stone, effectively phallic symbols but of the form of a woman, though in Micah 5:14, they are masculine and therefore surely phallic objects. In fact, each locality had its shrine to the goddess and doubtless had local peculiarities, so that we read in the Amarna letters of the "Asherah of here" and the "Asherah of there", some of which might have been tree trunks still rooted in the earth, others of which were set up under trees and others of which were set up on the "high places".

Judges 6:25,28 says they also stood next to the altars of Baal, suggesting that Asherah was thought of as the consort or mother of Baal, and 2 Kings 21:7 and 23:6 admit they stood in the Jerusalem temple. None of these Asherahs have survived, because they were deliberately destroyed by the priests of the Ezra school and its successors. But the terracotta dolls mentioned above seem likely to be household models of the full sized Asherahs, so we can get an idea of them.

In Jewish myth, Asherah worship was first introduced by women, the wife of Solomon or the wife of Ahab, the latter being the infamous Jezebel. The prophet Elijah took exception to the prophets of Baal and defeated them in a gratuitous show of supernatural power on Mount Carmel, but the prophetesses of Asherah seem to have been left to continue their practices.

The Asherah of Samaria, supposedly set up by Ahab for Jezebel (1 Kgs 16:33), was still standing a hundred years later. Indeed, the impression is that the devotion of the people to Asherah was constant while the devotion to the male god fluctuated between Baal and Yehouah. Since, notwithstanding the fact that Asherah was properly the Mother of the Gods, she was also the consort of Baal or Yehouah—both mere sprigs of the supreme god€”Asherah remained the female deity whichever of the male sons of god took precedence.

Bearing in mind the passages about the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah, the reason why the shrines to Baal kept getting torn down might have been because Baal was the Lord (Baal) Yehouah, being pressed on to the Am ha Aretz by the priests of Yehouah, and being rejected repeatedly by the people who were devotees of the Goddess. The destruction of the sanctuaries to Baal therefore meant the destruction of the sanctuaries to Baal Yehouah. When the Yehouists eventually asserted their power at the beginning of the fourth century BC, the scriptural stories were anachronistically altered to suit the Yehouists.


Who were the bad guys?
Be that as it may, the scriptures record that the worshipers of this god of the Jews and Christians, Yehouah, invited all of the worshipers of Baal to a solemn assembly for their god at his sanctuary in Samaria, fitted them out in fresh vestments, then murdered them every one! The shrines to the bull god in Dan were not destroyed however and nor were the shrines to Asherah.

The presence of the Asherah in Samaria for so long was made the mythical reason why the state of Israel was lost to the Assyrians, together with the ten lost tribes of Israel, but this is propaganda to justify the worshipers of Yehouah at Jerusalem€”the Jews€”hating the worshipers of Yehouah in Samaria€”the Samaritans.

In Judah, Ashtaroth are not mentioned at all, but king Asa finds it necessary to destroy them, so they must have been there all the time. His son, Jehoshaphat however, finds he has to destroy them all again! His son, Joash allowed them back and even placed an Asherah in the Jerusalem temple where it remained until the pious monarch, Hezekiah removed it over a hundred years later (2 Kgs 18:4). Hezekiah also destroyed a brass serpent that Moses had given the Israelites to worship! Hezekiah€™s son, Manasseh, restored the Asherah but not the brass snake, despite it having been a gift of the great Israelite leader.

Anath was the sister of Baal Hadad and the daughter of Asherah in Canaanite mythology, and was identified with Astarte (Hebrew, Ashtoreth). She seems also to be Anahita, the later Persian goddess.

Anath (Anthat, Anaitis) was a goddess of war and love in the Ugaritic tablets, a virgin goddess yet promiscuous and vicious. Anath's main lover was her brother, Baal Hadad, with whom she had intercourse by taking the form of a heifer. Baal is therefore a bull, just as Yehouah was at Dan and Bethel, and in the wilderness. As a war goddess she is ferocious, killing wildly and with glee until she has to wade in blood and gore, rather like the Indian goddess, Kali, also known as Annapurna. She has characteristics almost identical to those of Inannu of Sumeria and Ishtar of Akkadia who were called "Lady of Heaven" and "Mistress of the Gods", just as Anath and Astarte were in Egypt.

In Judges 2:13 and 10:6, Astarte and the Ashtaroth are respectively mentioned in conjunction with Baal, as warnings to the Israelites. Solomon is similarly warned by Yehouah (1 Kgs 11:5,33) for adopting Ashtoreth and other foreign gods.

Queen of Heaven

Jeremiah tried to persuade the Israelite worshippers of the Queen of Heaven in Egypt to turn to Yehouah but they refused. Anath and Astarte were "Lady (Lady being the feminine of Lord, therefore meaning "ruler") of Heaven" throughout the Near East, including Egypt. The people, in reply, think it is not through any neglect of Yehouah that they have had misfortune but because of their neglect of the goddess!

As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to Jeremiah 44:16-19 worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? Jeremiah 44:16-19

Elsewhere in Jeremiah, the author adds more detail:
Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings Jeremiah 7:17-18

poured libations for her (the equal of the wine of the Eucharist). The women add that they made cakes for her (the equal of the Eucharist wafer), and insist that they did not worship the goddess only as a female indulgence but did it with their menfolk.

the Queen of Heaven was Ashtoreth

No one intelligent can read books like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel and other prophetic books without seeing them as propagandistic pseudepigraphs written by the schools of Nehemiah and Ezra to persuade the native Palestinians to adopt the monotheistic religion the Persians were promoting for political reasons.

In Ezekiel, the prophet is transported from Babylon to Jerusalem by God himself to see the abominations that are happening. The Persian reformers composed this to justify Ezra's alterations to worship in the city of Jerusalem. The abominations are a phallic image ("an image of jealousy that provokes jealousy"), presumably an Asherah; the worship of a variety of images; the worship of Tammuz, the dying and rising god whose consort was Ishtar (Ashtoreth); the worship of the sun that was doubtless an aspect of El, Baal and Yehouah as sky gods. The Persians apparently were not against the vision of the sun being used as an aspect of their transcendental god, Ormuzd, because Mithras was apparently exactly that, but they would not have anything worshipped except for the God of Heaven himself. Mithras transformed himself for the Jews into the archangel Michael, guardian angel of the faithful of Yehouah, a mighty prince of the heavenly hosts but only an angel.

Asherah is a Ugaritic goddess, the consort of El. The people of eighth century BC Palestine had this same goddess, and she was considered the consort of Yehouah. Yehouah seemed even closer than ever to Baal or El. The Arabs before the foundation of Islam also had a goddess Asherah, and the Nabataean Arabs, judging by many inscriptions they made in Sinai in the second and third centuries AD, worshipped a god called "Ywh". The fifth century Jewish colony at Elephantine on the Nile, similarly had Yehouah paired with a goddess Anath-Yehouah.

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The Genesis of Asherah
http://the-pagan-perspective.com/2012/02/29/asherah-and-the-goddess-of-the-israelites/

The first mention of Asherah as a Goddess appears in the cuneiform script of the Akkadians (circa 1839-1431) in which she is named Ashratum, the consort of the Chief God, Amurra. Within these same texts, she acquires epithets, such as "bride of the king of heaven" and "mistress of sexual vigor and rejoicing." Additional Akkadian cuneiform texts have been dated from the 15th century in Northern Palestine and mention a "wizard of Asherah."

There are other references in the Hellenistic age in which Phylo of Biblos mentions Asherah in the histories of the Phoenicians and again in Lucian's "The Syrian Goddess," though this was an amagalmation of several Near Eastern Goddesses (Astarte, Anath, Asherah) into one deity named Atargatis. (Maier, p. 68). Despite these early references, it is the Ugaritic texts that supply the bulk of consistent references to Asherah.

Ugarit was a Mediterranean trading port until its destruction in the 12th century and its second millennium texts record the Northwest Semitic religion of the Phoenicians and the Canaanites (Cooper, 35-36). In the Ugaritic mythological cycles, which are somewhat convoluted, there is the chief God, El, and his son, the storm God, Baal. El was pictured as a more remote, almost transcendent deity, while Baal was seen as a more imminent Nature deity. Asherah was the wife of El and Anath was the wife of Baal.

It is worth taking some time to separate Anath from Asherah because the waters can get quite muddied when beginning to talk about the roles and characteristics of these two goddesses. Anath, the daughter of Asherah and El, was a goddess of opposites and the most popular of the Ugaritic pantheon. She was a goddess of love and war, virginal yet wanton, amorous, but prone to rage and cruelty. She was a combination of chaste and promiscuous, motherly and bloodthirsty; she was savage when provoked.

Asherah was referred to as "atrt" Athirat and bore other titles as well: "ilt" Elat (Goddess), and qnyt'ilm (Mother of the Gods) (Day, Asherah, p. 387). She has also been associated with the sea and her shrines are found along the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon; Asherah is also called rbt "atrt ym, "Lady Athirat of the Sea" and one of her servants is known as Qadesh-wa-Amrur, "the Fisherman of Lady Asherah of the Sea" (Maier, p. 195). She also bears the epithets "Qadesh," which means "holy" or "sanctuary." Qadesh is also the name of a female figure wearing a Hathor-style headpiece, which is winged and often seen holding blossoms in her hands. This depiction was found on Egyptian scarabs in Egypt. (Day, "Canaanite Religion," p. 831).

This find is an interesting one because frontal nude figures of this type were a rarity in Egypt, but have been found in Syria and Palestine during the same general time period (the 2nd millennium). (Day, Asherah, p. 389). The prayers inscribed on these stelai (stone or wooden slabs) indicate that Qadesh was considered a goddess of fertility, eroticism, and sexual vigor. Maier indicates that she was also seen as concerned with welfare and as a life-giving goddess, and according to some of the prayers, a goddess of the dead (Day, Asherah, p. 86).

In considering Asherah, we should note some important differences between the Ugaritic Athirat and the Palestinian Asherah/Qadesh. In the mythology of 14th century Canaan, Athirat is essentially a mother Goddess and her daughter Anath is a deity of erotic fertility. A number of references in the Bible associate Athirat (Asherah) with Baal, rather than Anath, which might equate the "biblical Asherah" more with the lusty Anath than the more nurturing Athirat. William Dever notes that in Ugarit, Asherah has an additional epithet besides Elat (consort of El) she is also ascribed the epithet Baalat (consort of Baal). Additionally, the Tanach tablets of Ugarit depict Asherah as the consort of Baal, rather than Anath. (Dever, p. 29). The partnerships of the Canaanite deities can become rather convoluted, so how do we resolve the discrepancy between Athirat and Anath as the consort of Baal? John Day notes the definitive link of Athirat with Qudsu, a "fertility Goddess of marked erotic character" and further illustrates his point with a Hitite myth from the second millennium that shows Asertu (Athirat), the consort of Elkunsira (El), attempting to seduce the storm God, Baal. Thus, the biblical references to Asherah and Baal, as well as the Ugaritic epithet of Baalat and the Tanach tablet, may simply indicate that Athirat was successful in seducing Baal away from Anath, which is keeping with her lusty, sexual vigor as the Qudsu. (Day, Asherah, p. 399).

Archeological Material and Asherah

In 1975-1876, an archeological team from Tel Aviv uncovered religious artifacts from an Iron Age religious center near Kuntillet "Arjud in Northern Sinai, housing jars with an inscription that read,"Yahweh and his Asherah." Judith Hadley mentions a discovery a few years prior at Khirbet el-Qom, which may also refer to "Yahweh's Asherah." (Hadley, The Khirbet el-Qom Inscription, p. 180). Hundreds of terra cotta figurines and nude female figurines have been discovered throughout Palestine. Some are figures of pregnant women; others are pillar-like figurines showing a female from the waist up with a cylindrical base below

The most common types usually show a woman holding her breasts or sometimes a round object, such as a tambourine. "There can be no doubt that these figurines played at a prominent role in daily religious practice, but it is still an open question as to whether they represented the Goddess herself, a priestess of the goddess, a cultic prostitute, or were talismans used in sympathetic magic to stimulate the reproductive process of nature" (Muntean, p. 42).

Of the material found at "Arjud, there is a tablet with the phrase, "Yahweh Lord of Samaria and his Asherah," which included a drawing of three cryptic figures under and intersecting the inscription. Two of the figures are standing, while on the right, a smaller seated figure is shown playing the lyre. The two standing figures are thought to represent the Egyptian ithyphallic dwarf God, Bes, an apotropaic figure popularly associated in Palestinian folk religion with the erotic aspects of the Canaanite fertility cults. (Pirhiya, p. 28.). Dever associates the seated lyre player with "Yahweh's Asherah" due to the similarity of her garments and coiffure to the almost identically enthroned representations of Canaanite goddesses found on Ugaritic plaques and other examples of well known Canaanite cultic art (Dever).

The "Arjud and the el-Qom inscriptions both refer to "His Asherah" and "Yahweh's Asherah," which seem to imply that Asherah belonged to Yahweh, though there is disagreement over whether she belongs to him as a consort or as an object. The Hebrew asherah, or the masculine plural asherim, can refer to objects associated with the goddess or to the Goddess Ashera herself. (Lipinski). Because many of the references in Deuteronomy and 2nd Kings imply that asherim are man-made objects, Day believes that asherim were wooden poles sacred to the Goddess, Asherah. Whether or not these wooden poles were representation of Asherah herself or phallic stelae sacred to Her, it seems clear that they were used as symbols of human and agricultural fertility. (Day, Asherah, p. 403-404). There are other scholars who prefer to understand "Yahweh's Asherah" as a wooden image closely associated with the altar of Yahweh (Deut 16:21). Yahweh would then remain the subject of the blessings, but the supplications would be performed "before the asherah in the shrine," "the prayers offered to Yahweh by means of the asherah" and Yahweh's blessings "carried out by his asherah." (Hadley, p.59). Hadley prefers not to think of Asherah as the wife of Yahweh, but as a wooden image, which would then allow the find at Kuntillet "Arjud to read "blessed by Yahweh and the wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah."

Dever takes the opposite view and accuses scholars such as Hadley of a minimalist interpretation y viewing Asherah as simply a tree or object of cultic veneration. Dever believes that the representations from Arjud, and possibly el-Qom, clearly identify Asherah as a "hypostatization of the Great Goddess" whose worship in ancient Israel was much more than a remnant or persistence of Canaanite religious practices. The confusion surrounding Asherah and the ambiguity of her names, in Dever's opinion, are a result of the 8th-6th century attempts at total suppression of Her cult. The result was that Asherah was long forgotten, or at best, remembered as a distorted memory in biblical polemic until the textual discoveries at Ugarit. (Dever, p. 21-31).

Asherah and the Israelites

A great deal of energy was spent in the biblical polemic against these popular Canaanite religious activities, but why? The primary difference between Canaanite and later Israelite religion lay in their respective ideologies and moralities. The Hebrew people were able to develop a concept of deity with "stay power" precisely because of the increasingly distant and transcendent nature of Yahweh, especially when compared to a Nature God of imminent presence, such as Baal, who is constantly in flux.

This still leaves open the question of the origins of the hostility of the Jews towards Asherah. It may have been as simple as the fact that Asherah was the mother Goddess in the Canaanite pantheon and anything associated with Canaan had become anathema to the Jews. Another reason may have been the campaign to stamp out any religious practice that involved or implied sexual behavior, especially as ritual licentiousness was an inherent element in Canaanite religion. Exodus 32:6 informs us that sexual rioting was a natural response to the exhibition of statuary symbolizing Canaanite deities.

Additionally, there were pilgrimages by women to holy places for the purpose of removing barrenness, which were condemned by biblical writer because of the qedeshim, the sacred male prostitutes belonging to the fertility cult of Asherah. It seems likely that these barren women utilized the sacred services of the qedeshim in the hopes of conceiving.

When looking at historical evidences in consideration of Asherah, we must keep in mind the overtly polemical nature of the Biblical treatment of Asherah and Canaanite religion in general. Philo of Alexandria noted that Canaan was considered to be the biblical symbol of "vice," which the Israelites naturally came to despise. Biblical references refer to Baal and Asherah in the plural form may have been used as general terms for multitude of deities in polytheistic Canaan; however another theory holds that the "Baals" and the "Asherahs" were references to cultic paraphernalia of the local sanctuaries where "the worship of Asherah and a Baalized Yahweh was practiced from the days of tribal Israel" (Muntean, p. 39).

Indirect evidence for this is found in the numerous polemical abrogations against these cultic activities by the Hebrew Prophets of the bible. Fritz Muntean lists several reasons to consider that the worship of Asherah had penetrated Jerusalem and was an integral part of early Hebrew religious practices. One was the worship of Asherah in the temple of Jerusalem itself and the erection of sacred poles (asherim) by King Ahab. 1 Kings 18:19 informs us that 450 prophets of Baal and 450 prophets of Asherah ate at the table of Jezebel, but when all 450 prophets of Baal were slaughtered and twenty years later when Jehu and the Rechabites slew all the priests and worshippers of Baal no harm befell the supporters of Asherah, nor were her sacred poles removed. "It is clear from these accounts of pagan cults among the Israelites that, in spite of the fact that they were attacked by prophets from Azriah to Ezekiel, those who worshipped Asherah in rural groves and high places (or in the temple itself) surely thought of themselves as loyal members of the Israelite religion, and considered the Goddess Asherah to be an important part of their religion" (Muntean, p. 41).

The books of Jeremiah and Ezekial provide brief glimpses of the Paganism of the early Jews. In Jeremiah 7:17-18, the children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women make cakes and pour libations. In Ezekiel, 8:1-8, Yahweh takes Ezekiel on a tour of the Pagan ritual being performed by the people of Israel: women weeping for Tammuz, men performing obeisance to the rising sun, seventy elders worshipping idols and the "idol that provokes jealousy." This is most likely a reference to the statue of Asherah that Manesseh, heir of Hezekiah, had placed in the temple at Jerusalem.

Patai notes that " Asherah, whose motherly figure must have been dear to many worshippers and the restoration to her traditional place in the temple would have been considered a religious act of great importance" (Patai). There are invocations of Asherah in which she is sought for aid in delivery. Patai notes such an invocation made by Lea (Gen 30:10-13) at the birth of Zilpha's son whom she names Asher (Patai). It is also worth noting that "during the 370 years in which the Solomonic Temple stood in Jerusalem, the statue of Asherah was present in the Temple for no less than 236 of the years, opposed only be a few prophetic voices, crying out against it at relatively long intervals" (Muntean, p. 45).

Whether the inscriptions referring to Asherah at "Arjud or el-Qom refer to a cultic object or the consort of Yahweh, it is clear that the Israelites combined the veneration of Asherah with the worship of Yahweh "in many places and in many times, from the earliest days of Israel in the land of Canaan down to the destruction of Jerusalem, and thereafter in Egyptian exile" (Muntean, p. 45). "A small remnant of Judah, languishing in exile in Egypt after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple, delivered the most poignant defense of Asherism, recorded in the Hebrew bible saying that as long as they had offered libations and made cakes for the Queen of Heaven that their lives had been safe and full, but since tyeh ruites they celebrated has been outlawed t hey had been destitute and had perished either by sword or by famine" (Muntean, p. 46).

References:

Cooper, Alan. "Canaanite Religon: An Overview." Macmillan Reference USA's Encyclopedia of Religion (Digital Version)2005. Print.
Day, John. "Asherah in the Hebrew Bible and the Northwest Semitic Literature." Journal of Biblical Literature 105.3 (1986): 385-408. Print.
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Hadley, Judith. "The Khirbet El-Qom Inscription; Some Drawings and Inscriptions of Two Pithoi from Kuntillet "Arjud." Vetus Testamentum 37.2 (1987): 180-213. Print.
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Pirhiya, Beck. "The Drawings from Horvat Teiman (Kuntellet "Arjud)." 9 (1982). Print.


God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost
God's wife, Asherah, was a powerful fertility goddess, according to a theologian.
By Jennifer Viegas
http://news.discovery.com/history/god-wife-yahweh-asherah-110318.html

God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.

In 1967, Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah. The theory has gained new prominence due to the research of Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who began her work at Oxford and is now a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.

Information presented in Stavrakopoulou's books, lectures and journal papers has become the basis of a three-part documentary series, now airing in Europe, where she discusses the Yahweh-Asherah connection.

"You might know him as Yahweh, Allah or God. But on this fact, Jews, Muslims and Christians, the people of the great Abrahamic religions, are agreed: There is only one of Him," writes Stavrakopoulou in a statement released to the British media. "He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many ... or so we like to believe."




Sun GodDESS
http://sunlight.orgfree.com/history_of_sun_gazing.htm


Equality between a king and queen in international politics is indicated by the royal correspondence, and the use of personal seals of queens to ratify agreements indicates that queens made decision in their own names.
The royal couple had composed prayers which open with an invocation to the Sun Goddess of Arinna, the chief goddess of the pantheon, and go on to thank her for her favor. The prayer begins as follows:

O Sun Goddess of the city of Arinna,
my lady, mistress of our lands.
Queen of Heaven and earth,
mistress of the kings and queens of the land of Hatti.

The Hittite king Mursili II was particularly devoted to the sun goddess of Arinna, because an "omen of the sun," or solar eclipse, occurred in his tenth year as king (1312 BC), around noon, just as he was about to launch his campaign against the Kaska peoples.
Similarly to Hathor, the Syrian fertility goddess Qudsh was depicted standing on a lion in the presence of (left) the Egyptian fertility god Min and (right) a Syrian god holding a spear and the Egyptian symbol of life. The root of her name is the Hebrew "qadosh", meaning "holy". From her name, appeared the Quedesha (Kedesha or Kedeshah), Akkadian Qadishtu, who were a class of sacred prostitutes found throughout the ancient Middle East, especially in the worship of Astarte (Ashtoreth), Akkadian Ishtar, who was the goddess of fertility, sexual love and war.

Ashur or the Holy Spirit is always depicted hovering above the Tree of Life, which was called Asherah. Near Megiddo, are two representations of Asherah, first in human form and then as a sacred tree. The "Lachishewer", generally dated to the thirteenth century, depicts a pair of lions, in one case flanking a goddess and in the other flanking a sacred tree and ibexes. Asherah comes from "asher", which comes from "asharo", which means "the beginning" or "the start".

The Tree of Life was sometimes explicitly replaced by a flying goddess, above who hovered the winged disk, and flanked by the two winged priests, each holding a bucket with holy water.

There were found several pieces of pottery from two large jars, in a strange structure in the northern Sinai, at Kuntillet Ajrud, and dating from 8th century BC. On the fragment coming from just around the shoulder of the jar, there is a drawing representing two ibexes nibbling on a sacred tree placed on a lion. The sacred tree almost certainly intended it to represent the goddess Asherah, for the artist emphasized the goddess content by placing the tree on a lion's back, a stance assumed by numerous goddesses in numerous images. Other goddesses represented in the same way were Hathor and Qudsh.

Like Asherah, Hathor was also represented standing on a lion and thus dominating the lion as the symbol of the king, in the presence of the Egyptian fertility god Min and a warrior god holding a spear.

For the ancients, wisdom and the tree of life were related and both were feminine. They represented these concepts by a goddess depicted with symbols of fertility and long life in her right hand and with symbols of success in war (bringing wealth and glory) in her left hand:

"Blessed is the man who has found wisdom, and the mortal who knows prudence. For it is better to traffic for her, than for treasures of gold and silver. And she is more valuable than precious stones: no evil thing shall resist her: she is well known to all that approach her, and no precious thing is equal to her in value. For length of existence and years of life are in her right hand; and in her left hand are wealth and glory: out of her mouth proceeds righteousness, and she carries law and mercy upon her tongue. Her ways are good ways, and all her paths are peaceful. She is the tree of life to all that lay hold upon her; and she is a secure help to all that stay themselves on her, as on the Lord." (Prov. III: 13-18)

In Egypt, a goddess named Qedeshu, Lady of Kadesh (Syria), was worshiped in the 19th and 20th dynasties (1292-c. 1075 BC). Her representation is found on private stelae of middle-class workers. She is shown nude, posed frontally on a lioness (or a leopard), holding arrows in her hands. Although Israelite prophets and reformers repeatedly denounced sacred prostitution, the early Israelites seem to have adopted the local Canaanite rites, which they apparently practiced publicly until the reform of King Josiah about 622 BC.

"They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery." (Hosea 4:13 )

Hosea's dilemma goes to the heart of the biological reality of the conflict between Yahweh and the Queen of Heaven. Sacred prostitution had a chaotic effect on paternal inheritance lines, but kept maternal lines intact.

The Greek goddess corresponding to Asherah was Artemis, the twin sister of the sun-god Apollo.

Among the rural populace, Artemis was the favourite goddess. Dances of maidens representing tree nymphs (dryads) were especially common in Artemis' worship as goddess of the tree cult, a role especially popular in the Peloponnese. In parts of the peninsula her dances were wild and lascivious.

In a relief is represented the tree of life flanked by Enlil and his wife Ninlil. Enlil is represented like Shamash, holding in his hand the symbols of justice and righteousness, the staff and the ring.

Enlil was the chief deity in Sumerian religion, and his name was pronounced and sometimes rendered in translations as Ellil in later Akkadian. The name is of Sumerian origin and has been believed to mean 'Lord Wind' or 'Lord of the Command'.

In Assyria, Enlil corresponded to the supreme god, Bel/Bal. Bel was the Father-God of the Phoenicians. He was represented on a Phoenician altar of about the fourth century B.C. as God of the Sun, having a rayed halo around his head.

Ninlil corresponded to the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess Mullitu or Mylitta, who was regarded as the goddess of love and fertility and and childbirth.

In Babylon every woman, whether rich or poor, had once in her life to submit to the embraces of a stranger at the temple of Mylitta, and to dedicate to the goddess the wages earned by this sanctified harlotry.





Lilith became a bad word

It is fitting that the name Lilith should found to correlate to a joining, a unifying or a cleaving to the earliest records which are extant of this name call Lilith a handmaid or sacred prostitute in the service of Ishatar.

Further recorded mentions by Assyrian sources do not reflect a Person, but rather a type of entity with the word "lilitu".

This was a sexually predatory female entity which killed children, brought disease and was associated with storms. This same theme runs parallel to Greek traditions of sirens, who are described much the same way.

http://timenolonger.wordpress.com/tag/ishtar/



Easter.... Holy Fuck

you can see Andromeda's self migration from the whore that rides the beast to her new self projected image, the Queen of Heaven, Cassiopeia. It's quite a jump from whore, madam, and temple prositute to a deity, and the Queen of Heaven, but Andromeda did this using the power and influence of Nimrod. She ruled for 102 years as the queen of Babylon (Shinar) and the Queen of Heaven. She was queen and goddess.
Andromeda is the great Whore that Rides the Beasts.

"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns" (Revelation 17:3).
Snake Eating His Tail and Nimrod


Ancient lore now comes to our assistance, and tells us that the wife of Nimrod-bar-Cush was the infamous Semiramis, the First. She is reputed to have been the founder of the Babylonian mysteries and the first high-priestess of idolatry. Thus Babylon became the fountainhead of idolatry, and the mother of every heathen and pagan system in the world. The mystery-religion that was originated there spread in various forms throughout the whole earth, and as we shall see in a few minutes, it is with us today. It is identical with the mystery of iniquity which wrought so energetically in Paul's day, and shall have its fullest development when the Holy Spirit has departed and the Babylon of the apocalypse holds sway.

Building on the primeval promise of the woman's Seed who was to come, Semiramis bore a son whom she declared was miraculously conceived, and when she presented him to the people, he was hailed as the promised deliverer. This was Tammuz, whose worship Ezekiel protested against in the days of the captivity. Thus was introduced the mystery of the mother and the child, a form of idolatry that is older than any other known to man. The rites of this worship were secret. Only the initiated were permitted to know its mysteries. It was Satan's effort to delude mankind with an imitation so like the truth of God that they would not know the true Seed of the woman when He came in the fullness of time. To this Justin Martyr bears definite witness.

From Babylon this mystery-religion spread to all the surrounding nations, as the years went on and the world was populated by the descendants of Noah. Everywhere the symbols were the same, and everywhere the cult of the mother and child became the popular system. Their worship was celebrated with the most disgusting and immoral practices. The image of the queen of heaven with the babe in her arms was seen everywhere, though the names might differ as languages differed. It became the mystery-religion of Phoenicia, and by the Phoenicians was carried to the ends of the earth. Ashtoreth and Tammuz, the mother and child of these hardy adventurers, became Isis and Horus in Egypt, Aphrodite and Eros in Greece, Venus and Cupid in Italy, and bore many other names in more distant places. Within 1,000 years, Babylonianism had become the religion of the world, which had rejected the Divine revelation.

Linked with the central mystery were countless lesser mysteries, the hidden meaning of which was known only to the initiates, but the outward forms were practiced by all the people. Among these were the doctrines of purgatorial purification after death, salvation by countless sacraments (such as priestly absolution), sprinkling with holy water, the offering of round cakes to the queen of heaven (as mentioned in the book of Jeremiah), dedication of virgins to the gods (which was literally sanctified prostitution), weeping for Tammuz for a period of 40 days prior to the great festival of Istar (who was said to have received her son back from the dead); for it was taught that Tammuz was slain by a wild boar and afterwards brought back to life. To him the egg was sacred, as depicting the mystery of his resurrection even as the evergreen was his chosen symbol and was set up in honor of his birth at the winter solstice, when a boar's head was eaten in memory of his conflict and a yule log burned with many mysterious observances.

The sign of the cross was sacred to Tammuz, as symbolizing the life giving principle and as the first letter of his name. It is represented upon vast numbers of the most ancient altars and temples, and did not, as many have supposed originate with Christianity. From this mystery-religion, the patriarch Abraham was separated by the divine call, and with this same evil cult the nation that sprang from him had constant conflict, until under Jezebel, a Phoenician princess, it was grafted onto what was left of the religion of Israel in the northern kingdom in the day of Ahab, and was the cause of their captivity at the last. Judah was polluted by it, for Baal-worship was but the Canaanitish form of Babylonian mysteries, and only by being sent into captivity to Babylon itself did Judah become cured of her fondness for idolatry. Baal was the Sun-God, the Life-giving One, identical with Tammuz.
http://www.logoschristian.org/andromenati/




there is evidence that points to sacred prostitution being practiced by ancient people all around the world. The Greek historian Herodutus wrote about "Houses of Heaven', dedicated to the Goddess Inanna, along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where sacred prostitution was common place and widely practiced. The late expert on Sumerian history, Samual Noah Kramer, uncovered evidence that kings partook in temple prostitution until the Goddess temples were destroyed in the 4th century A.D. The Goddess Ishtar was worshipped sexually through her high priestesses. Poor Lilith earned her demonic reputation from Christians through helping the great Goddess Inanna and her sacred prostitutes she used to be called to help in matters of fertility!
Sex is not something we usually treat as a sacred or spiritual act here in the West; it's done behind closed doors or leered at on the internet. As a society we don't have a healthy, balanced view of sex and we especially don't relate it as something that could be religious.
By Lyn

Karen Grove - The Divine Masculine wants to be worshiped with lust for the genitals. The Divine Feminine wants to be worshiped with appreciation and heart attention. Stop following the dictates of society that teaches lust is bad and wrong. It is delicious and sacred, and so is the heart. Honor both.
http://www.witch-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/091111_1615_ABustforSac1.jpg
http://witch-blog.com/2011/09/a-bust-for-sacred-sexuality/
http://www.phoenixgoddesstemple.org/


Brothels, Baths and Babes: Prostitution in the Byzantine Holy Land
The fourth century BC Athenian orator Apollodoros made it very clear in his speech Against Neaira quoted by Demosthenes (59.122) that "we have courtesans for pleasure, and concubines for the daily service of our bodies, but wives for the production of legitimate offspring and to have reliable guardians of our household property'. Whatever the reality of this domestic set-up in daily life in ancient Greece,[2] this peculiar type of "ménage à trois' pursued its course unhindered into the Roman period: monogamy de jure appears to have been very much a façade for polygamy de facto.[3] The advent of Christianity upset this delicate equilibrium. By forbidding married men to have concubines on pain of corporal punishment, canon law elaborated at Church councils took away from this triangular system one of its three components.[4] Henceforth, there remained only the wife and the courtesan.

a fifth century AD Gnostic hymn from Nag-Hammadi in Middle Egypt proclaimed: "I am She whom one honours and disdains. / I am the Saint and the prostitute. / I am the virgin and the wife. / I am knowledge and I am ignorance. / I am strength and I am fear. / I am Godless and I am the Greatness of God'.

along the official Roman road network (the cursus publicus), all the needs of travellers were catered for by the barmaids. They served them wine, danced for them and often led them upstairs to the rooms on the upper floor. In fact, according to the Codex Justinianus, a barmaid could not be prosecuted for adultery, since it was presumed that she was anyway a prostitute (CJ 9.9.28)

Kyria Porphyria is telling. She was so used as a "Madam' to boss other women, that once she had been reformed and had convinced other harlots (presumably her former "girls') to give up prostitution, she organised them into a community of nuns of which she became the abbess the mirror image of her brothel.

In Rome and Pompeii, the services of a "plebeia Venus' cost generally two asses no more than a loaf of bread or two cups of wine at the counter of a taverna.

the poet Alexis claimed that "Above all, they [the prostitutes] are concerned with earning money'.[9] Sometimes a prostitute's jewellery was her sole wealth. When in 539, the citizens of Edessa, modern Urfa in south-eastern Turkey, decided to redeem their fellow-citizens who were held prisoners by the Persians, the prostitutes (who did not have enough cash) handed over their jewels (Procop. De Bell. Pers. 2.13.4).

Christianity's condemnation of any type of non-procreative sexual intercourse brought about the outlawing of homosexuality in the Western Empire in the third century and consequently of male prostitution. In 390, an edict of Emperor Theodosius I threatened with the death penalty the forcing or selling of males into prostitution (C.Th. 9.7.6). Behind this edict lay not a disgust of prostitution, but the fact that the body of a man would be used in homosexual intercourse in the same way as that of a woman. And that was unacceptable, for had St Augustine not stated that "the body of a man is as superior to that of a woman, as the soul is to the body' (De Mend. 7.10)?

Byzantine administration considered the job of Imperial Inspector of the Brothels as eminently honourable, so much so that in 630 the Bishop of Palermo was appointed to this post.

Venus which Lucretius (4.1071) had dubbed Volgivaga "the street walker' was the patron of prostitutes who celebrated her feast on 23 April late into the Byzantine period.

Since Biblical times, lust had always been intimately associated with the idolatrous worship of the ashera a crude representation of the Babylonian goddess of fertility Ishtar who had become the Canaanite, Sidonian and Philistine Astarte and the Syrian Atargatis (1 Kgs 14.15)

The Apostolic Constitutions (7.2) forbade all non-procreative genital acts, including anal sex and oral intercourse. The art displayed by prostitutes consisted precisely in making full use of sexual techniques which increased their clients' pleasure. Not surprisingly therefore, Lactantius condemned together sodomy, oral intercourse and prostitution (Divin. Inst. 5.9.17).

Roman prostitutes who by law had to look different from respectable young women and matrons and were therefore made to wear the toga which was strictly for men (Hor. Sat. 1.2.63); unlike, too the mediaeval harlots of Western Europe who are consistently depicted wearing striped dresses, stripes being the iconographic attribute of "outlaws'

"Banish prostitutes and you reduce society to chaos through unsatisfied lust', St Augustine warned (De Ord. 2.12). He preached, moreover, that "unnatural sex is atrocious if committed with a prostitute, even more atrocious if committed with a wife If a man wishes to use part of the body of a woman which it is forbidden to use for that, it is more shameful for the wife to allow for such crime to be performed on her body than to let it be done on another woman' (De bon. conjug. 11.12)

If possessed by a non-procreative urge, a man simply had to go to a prostitute and pour out his sperm but in vas, since coitus interruptus was strictly forbidden.

Frankness had given way to prudish dishonesty displayed both by Rabbinic Judaism and Patristic Christianity. Such puritanism is surely to blame for the proliferation of Byzantine prostitution and in its trail the increase in numbers of abandoned children. The bad faith shared by Augustine and Jerome on the matter of prostitution encouraged prostitution in exactly the same way that the Victorian brothel was, according to Michel Foucault, the offshoot of bourgeois puritanism. [16]

http://mybyzantine.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/brothels-baths-and-babes-prostitution-in-the-byzantine-holy-land/
LEWD QUESTIONS ASKED YOUNG SINGLE GIRLS AND MARRIED WOMEN IN THE CONFESSIONAL Authoritative Latin Sources Translated for the First Time Ever[1] � Protestant Reformation Publications, 2000 We express our thanks to Chick Publications for republishing the classic work, The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional,[2] by 19th-century Canadian ex-priest, Charles Chiniquy. Due to the graphic nature of the questions, Chiniquy published them in their original Latin. They may be found in Chapter XII of the aforementioned book. Pastor Chiniquy exposes the sexual gratification the priests receive when asking women lewd and lascivious questions. After having heard females' confessions, the confessors are instructed to search their own consciences: http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/sex_crimes/lechery/current-lechery2.htm

Istar as Staue of Liberty

Ishtar was equated by the Greeks with either Hera or Aphrodite. And we just learned that the Olympic torch is set ablaze in the Temple of Hera!

Babylonian scriptures called her the "Light of the World, Leader of Hosts,
Opener of the Womb, Righteous Judge, Lawgiver,
Goddess of Goddesses, Bestower of Strength,
Framer of All decress, Lady of Victory,
Forgiver of Sins, Torch of Heaven and Earth.

This is part of a prayer towards Ishtar:

Who art exalted and firmly fixed, O valiant Ishtar, great is thy might!
O brilliant one, torch of heaven and earth, light of all peoples,
O unequaled angry one of the fight, strong one of the battle,
O firebrand which is kindled against the enemy, which brings about the destruction of the furious,
O gleaming one, Ishtar, assembler of the host,

O deity of men, goddess of women, whose designs no one can conceive.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Hera_Campana_Louvre_Ma2283.jpg/358px-Hera_Campana_Louvre_Ma2283.jpg
http://freefromdeception.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/the-olympic-torch/



God's Call Girl - Carla Van Raay
Carla tells us about her life from her upbringing within a strict Catholic family, sexual and physical abuse by her father, to her entry into a convent as a teenager and her later life as a sex worker.



Astarte had a dove as her symbolic animal. If Ishtar and Astarte are not truly one and the same, they are at least two very similar expressions of one goddess-oriented religion which prevailed for several millennia in Western Asia. Other related names are Ashdar or Astar, names that were also used for Ishtar. Both she and Astarte had a brother and lover, by the name of Tammuz a.k.a. Dumuzi, a vegetation-god.

Astarte's fame and the religious tolerance of Egypt led to her being officially admitted into the Egyptian pantheon in about c.1500 BCE, though here she was mainly regarded as a goddess of battlefields, soldiers and horses. Elsewhere, her religion embraced sacred prostitution and the Hieros Gamos ritual.

Often said to be the Hebrew name for Astarte, simply because the Bible uses the term asherah to indicate the wooden pillars associated with Astarte's shrines and sacred places. Originally, however, Asherah was an independent Near Eastern deity and was called "She Who Gives Birth to Gods" and "Wetnurse of the Gods". Her worship included sacred prostitution.

Asherah, Lady Tree: Asherah was a Goddess popular with the ancient Israelites, despite their priests' call to remain loyal to Yahweh. Biblical prophets condemn Her repeatedly under the name Ashtoreth; it is the use of this name, a seeming combination of Asherah and Astarte, which has caused so much confusion for modern scholars.

Near Eastern Great Goddess (moongoddess) who was worshipped mainly in the Levant, today's Turkey, Syria, Israel and Lebanon. Atargatis is one of the independent virgins and her myth speaks of a union with the archetypal vegetation-god and of incest; Ichthys being her son and lover. She was often worshipped in a more or less public orgy that usually involved sacred prostitution and ritual promiscuity. In her temple at Hierapolis, north-east of Aleppo and close to the Euphrates river, she was worshipped by men performing auto-castration.
Names for, and/or aspects of, Atargatis are Derceto (Derketo), in Rome she was called Dea Syria, and among the Hittites, Tarkhu.
At some point, this goddess was merged into Ishtar.

http://inanna.virtualave.net/neareast.html



Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice.
Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, "I invite you in the name of Mylitta" (that is the Assyrian name for Aphrodite). It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the uncomely have long to wait because they cannot fulfill the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four. There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.[6]

Buddhism - Maithuna is a Sanskrit term used in Tantra most often translated as sexual union in a ritual context. It constitutes the main part of the Grand Ritual of Tantra known as Panchamakara, Panchatattva, and Tattva Chakra.
Maithuna refers to male-female couples and their union in the physical, sexual sense and is synonymous with kriya nishpatti (mature cleansing).[24] Just as neither spirit nor matter by itself is effective, but both working together bring harmony, so is maithuna effective only when the union is consecrated. The couple becomes divine for the time being: she is Shakti and he is a Shakta. The scriptures warn that unless this spiritual transformation occurs, the union is carnal and sinful.[25]

Hinduism -In some parts of ancient India, Nagarvadhu "bride of the city" was a tradition where women competed to win the title.[34] The most beautiful woman was chosen as the Nagarvadhu and was respected like a goddess. She served as a courtesan,[35] and the price for a single night's dance was very high, within reach only for the king, the princes and the lords.

Aztec mythology - Xochiquetzal (mother of Quetzalcoatl) is a goddess of sexual power, patroness of prostitutes and artisans involved in the manufacture of luxury items.[45]

http://www.ask.com/wiki/Religious_prostitution




Fertility Symbols of Easter

began about the fourth century A.D. when
the Roman Emperor Constantine incorporated
the Pagan holidays and festivals into the
church ritual... This is the Adversary's
clever deception - Paganism dressed up in
Christian clothes! It's still nothing more
than Paganism, but the Christian churches
have wholeheartedly embraced this deception."
--Christmas: Is it "Christian" or Pagan?
Lorraine Day, M.D.
Internationally acclaimed surgeon
and best-selling author


"the Roman Empire assimilated the gods of the
countries over which it ruled. Since Babylon
was the source of this paganism, we can easily
see how Rome's early religion was a form of
Babylonish worship."
-Source --Satan's Counterfeit Christianity
By Roderick C. Meredith Christendom embraces a huge deception called "Easter".
The Name itself bears the deception brazenly in the open.
What does the name of an old pagan fertility goddess
have to do with Christ ? Absolutely nothing.

And then we have the emblems of a rabbit and, of
course - the colored eggs. Another blatantly rude
reminder of how Christendom has strayed from the
original teachings of Christ.


"From the middle of the second century
a change began to take place in the outward
circumstances of Christianity. The church
marched through the open door into the Roman
state...furnishing herself with everything
that could be taken over from the world which
she now adopted. With the aid of its pagan
philosophy she created her new Christian
theology and she contrived to even borrow
some from its pagan religious worship."
-Montanism, Harnack
the Encyclopedia Britannica,
vol. xvi., pp. 774, 775


"They replaced the nighttime
Passover
service - that was a commemoration of
Christ' death - with the pagan Easter
Resurrection. Not only had the date
and time been changed but the whole
meaning of the festival was changed. "
-- J.L. Hurlbut
Story of the Christian Church, pg. 79




The Name - "Easter"


When adopting the "Easter" Holiday from the pagans,
they didn't even bother to change her name. How
insulting to Christ. Imagine a pagan fertility goddess,
having her name glued to the holiday that is supposed
to be an honor to the Jewish Messiah. It is too horrible
to even consider - and yet that is what Christendom
did to its supposed leader. It is blasphemy and sacrilege
at it's most horrendous.

Consider the history and the facts


"Easter" was not only goddess of dawn
but also goddess of spring with all its
fertility-symbols and fertility-rites....
which included eggs and rabbits."
-The Final Reformation
by C.J. Koster


"the pagan festival of 'Easter' was introduced
into the apostate Western religion, as part of
the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to
Christianity..."
- Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary
of Old and New Testament Words
(1985, p. 192, "Easter")


"Does the name Ishtar sound like Easter ?
Well it should. It is the same.
The celebration of Ishtar included coloring
eggs, an ancient symbol of fertility.
The ancients even hid eggs for their children
to find. Also, rabbits, known for their
prolific reproduction, were part of the
pagan celebration."
-- Resurrection Sunday
and the Babylonian Connection
; By Errol Hale

"Easter - She was the goddess of love,
fertility, and maternity for the Phonicians,
Canaanites, Aramaeans, South Arabs,
and even the Egyptians. Her name was
Ishtar in Babylonia and Assyria..."
-World Book, Vol. 1, 782.


Easter - "In Babylonia Ishtar was the goddess
of erotic love and fertility. Her chief seat
of worship was Uruk (Erech), where prostitution
was practiced in her name and she was served with
immoral rites by bands of men and women."
- The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia,
1979, Volume 1, pages 319-320


Easter -"Ishtar was goddess of physical love (sex).
She was patron of the temple prostitutes.
Throughout Mesopotamian and Babylonian history
she was worshiped under various names in many cities..."
-Collier's Encyclopedia,
1980, Volume 15, page 748


Easter - "the goddess of sensual love, maternity
and fertility. Licentious - debased sexual worship
was conducted in honor of her."
- Unger's Bible Dictionary ;
( pages 412-413 )


Easter -"She and her colleagues specialized in sex...
and her shrines were temples of legalized vice and
prostitution. Her degraded cult offered...sordid
depths, as lust and murder were glamorized in
Babylonian and Canaanite religion."
- (W. F. Albright,
Archaeology and the Religion of Israel,
Baltimore, John Hopkins Press,
1942, pages 68-94).

"As at Christmas, so also at Easter,
popular customs reflect many ancient pagan
survivals...connected with fertility rites.."
- The Encyclopaedia Britannica
(15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol. IV, p. 605,
"Church Year").


"Saint Augustine...simply re-dressed paganism
with Christian nomenclature. Thus ancient pagan
Babylonian religion had replaced apostolic
teaching and practice."
- Augustine's Poisoned Chalice
by Peter Nathan


"There is NO trace of an "Easter" celebration
in the New Testament. The Jewish Christians in
the early church continued to celebrate the
Passover, regarding Christ as the true paschal lamb."
-(International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia,
Electronic Database Copyright(c)1996)



"On that day of judgment,"says the Lord,"
I will punish...all those following
pagan customs."
(Zephaniah 1:8) (NLT)-BibleGateway


http://easter-origins.xanga.com/748089793/item/


Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?

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http://abluteau.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/did-prostitution-really-exist-in-the-temples-of-antiquity/

Adam and Eve? I don't think so


A Sumerian hymn praising Inanna's breast, which is metaphorically portrayed as fields of plants, grain and _bread_ which sustain mankind:

"O lady, your breast is your field, Inanna, your breast is your field.
Your wide, wide field which pours out plants
Your wide, wide field which pours out grain
Water flowing from on high for the lord, bread from on high
...I will drink it from you."


(pp. 54-55. "Plow My Vulva." Tikva Frymer-Kensky. In the Wake of the Goddesses, Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth. New York. Fawcett Columbine, Ballantine Books. 1993. First edition: 1992 by The Free Press, a division of Macmillan Inc.)
http://www.bibleorigins.net/illustrationofgilgameshandenkidu.html



Prostitution
An Illustrated History and Timeline

By Tom Head, About.com Guide
http://civilliberty.about.com/od/gendersexuality/tp/History-of-Prostitution.htm




Deuteronomy 12:31 is a reference to the god Molech.
You shall not worship the LORD, your God, that way, because they offered to their gods every abomination that the LORD detests, even burning their sons and daughters to their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:31)
The god Moelech was a large, hollow statue which was filled with burning coals until the statue glowed red hot. Children were placed into the red-hot arms of the statue, burned alive, their flesh seared, as sacrifice to the god.

Moses' words in Dueteronomy 12:29-31 has nothing to do with Catholicism, but was an injunction against child sacrifice which was practiced in the nations of the land of Canaan at the time of the Exodus.


Hebrew Goddesses and the Origin of Judaism
Anath was the sister of Baal Hadad and the daughter of Asherah in Canaanite mythology, and was identified with Astarte (Hebrew, Ashtoreth). Why should goddesses be distinguished then conflated again? The patriarchal religious leaders divided the original Great Mother Goddess into her aspects to weaken her, but worshippers refused to see anything other than the Great Mother. Anath, Astarte and Asherah were seen as the same. Archaeology shows Israelites worshipped a goddess whose spouse was Baal and sometimes called Yehouah. Anath's main lover was her brother, Baal Hadad, with whom she had intercourse by taking the form of a heifer. Baal is therefore a bull, just as Yehouah was at Dan and Bethel, and in the wilderness. The old goddess was personified as Zion, the city of Jerusalem. The land and people appeared in place of Asherah as the betrothed of God.

Any of the men could have been the father of a child but no one ever knew which was. All children knew their mother and a mother knew her own children, but all women had the nurturing and caring role of mother, and there were enough for all children to be treated equally. So God was a goddess for myriads of years.



http://91.198.165.171/~askwhyco/judaism/0240JGoddess.php

 
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