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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Hymn to Isis

Isis was one of the ancient goddesses of ancient Egypt, although it is not certain where her origin is. Isis was her Greek name. She was known to the Egyptians as Aset (or Ast, Iset, Uset), which is translated as "female/Queen of throne." However, the exact meaning of her name is still disputed. Her cult was very popular throughout Egypt. # Source

I stumbled upon this hymn, or poem, in Paulo Coelho's book, Eleven Minutes. I believe that I first read it about five years ago... And from that day on, this poem has been one of my favorites. I would just like to share the beauty of it in this blog. Here goes...

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HYMN TO ISIS

For I am the first and the last
I am the venerated and the despised
I am the prostitute and the saint
I am the wife and the virgin
I am the mother and the daughter
I am the arms of my mother
I am barren and my children are many
I am the married woman and the spinster
I am the woman who gives birth and she
who never procreated
I am the consolation for the pain of birth
I am the wife and the husband
And it was my man who created me
I am the mother of my father
I am the sister of my husband
And he is my rejected son
Always respect me
For I am the shameful and the magnificent one

- 3rd or 4th century BCE, discovered in Nag Hammadi

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