Isis (ee-set), Goddess of Magic and Motherhood

Worship of Isis (Aset) was established in the Nile delta by 3500 BCE, spreading prominently throughout the Greco-Roman world — as far as Asia Minor and Britain, absorbing numerous other goddess cults, lasting until Christianity stamped out paganism. Isis was goddess of magic, motherhood, fertility, and children. She protected the dead, sailors, “slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden.”

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Dwarves and Bizarre Religious Rites Popular with Both Ancient Egyptians, Mesoamericans

Located far away from one another, without known interactions, how did the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Mesoamericans have so much in common? (Mesoamerica extends approximately from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, and was home to many pre-Columbian societies.)

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