Inventor of agriculture, law and medicine.
Isis was worshiped
throughout the Greco-Roman world as the Goddess who placed the Sun God Ra in the
sky and according to Egyptian scriptures, "In the beginning there was Isis,
Oldest of the Old." She married her husband-brother Osiris and conceived
Horus, the original Son of God. Her "Mother of God" or "Divine
Mother" role was later assumed by the Virgin Mary.
Wings spread on bended knee, hieroglyphic hymns praised the
Great Goddess Isis as "she who made light with her feathers and wind with
her wings." The magnificent golden colored statues are reproduced from a
royal mummy case, on which her form was painted in order to catch the departing
soul in her wings and shepherd it to a new life. Her wings are symbols of
her role as a protectress.
Standing Isis at top of page: here, she carries the ankh and
the papyrus scepter of Goddesses; the horns and sun disk of Hathor. She wears a
feather dress and a headdress composed of a vulture, showing that she was
identified with the Goddess Maat.