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Fertility Shrines of Ancient Egypt

Fertility is the process of birth and the coming of a new creature into the world. A woman who is capable of giving birth to a healthy child is indeed a good lady who is free from all sins of the world. This was a major belief of ancient Egyptians and they had a special fertility goddess called Isis who served as the goddess of fertility, marriage motherhood and magic medicine.

 

Egyptians had several gods and goddess for solving woman health issues and helping them giving birth, but Isis was the most important of all. Various shrines to Isis in Egypt are still believed to have miracles by many groups and communities who still preach and worship according to the beliefs of the people in ancient Egypt.

 

Who Was Isis?


Egyptians used to pronounce Isis as “Aset” or “Iset." She was the god of fertility and motherhood and was considered to be capable of maternal magic. Isis was also friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but this does not mean that she hated the rich. She also used to hear the prayers of aristocrats, wealthy, maiden and rulers. Isis was believed to be the mother of Horus and was depicted as the ideal mother. She was also considered as the goddess who protected the dead and took care of children.

 

Isis' Many Names


Archeologists claim that Isis had more than thousand names with which people used to worship her. Some of these names are Aust, Eenohebis, Eset, Esu, Hesat, Lahu, Unt, Urethekau, and Werethekau. Along with the Egyptians, the Greeks also worshiped this goddess of fertility and motherhood.

 

Some other Fertility Shrines


Egypt had many fertility shrines in ancient times. Here are the location of a few.

 

Tanis


The city of Tanis was the 11th-century national capital and military stronghold of Egypt. The city has half a statue of Pharaoh Rames 2. Childless women used to journey to the statue adn pour water from jugs onto it. They believed that doing so would help them conceive in the near future.

 

Cairo


Cairo has a well-known mosque called Sayyida Zeinab. Sayyida Zeinab was the granddaughter of Prophet Mohammad and the mosque is made in her honor. Many pilgrims come to worship at this mosque with a hope of getting all their wishes fulfilled. Women those who cannot conceive are believed to be much more likely to conceive after they visit this wonderful place and pray to God for help.

 

The Temple Of Hathor At Dendra


Hathor was considered a very important ancient Egyptian goddess for women's health and fertility issues as well. She was worshiped over a very large area and was considered as an important goddess who would take care of women's health and grant them with the gift of children. Women were recommended to pass their hands over statues of Hathor in order to have a safe and successful pregnancy.

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