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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:52 pm    Post subject: funny discoveries... Reply with quote

last weekend i found out, that even the little country austria has had an isis-temple during the romian occupation... (funny ey? *gg*)

maybe i can add some pictures of the ruins later... (olthough there arent many ruins left... in later times they have built a church, on the aerea the temple used to be Sad )
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isis??? In Austria? Whoa. Surprised She really did go places...

As I posted earlier, there is rumoured to be an isis temple in London where I live. And there's a rumour from a certain well known book claiming there was one in Paris as well...

Is it true that there is an Isis temple in Pompeii? Becuase I've been there and I never saw an Isis temple. I did visit a 'villa of mysteries' though, where lots of 'strange religious cult behaviour' occured, maybe they worshipped her in there? I know it sounds highly unlikely, but maybe?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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olthough there arent many ruins left... in later times they have built a church, on the aerea the temple used to be


That bit about the church being built over the temple is interesting. Maybe the Christians did try to conquer the pagans in this way? or perhaps this was a way of 'integrating' (not sure if that's the right word) the beliefs of both the Christians and the Isis worshippers? Hmm... Wink
It also adds some proof to the rumour about the Paris temple I mentioned above-which is supposed to be under a church...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.cib.***.it/mann/isis/indisi.html

This site is from the National Archeological Museum in Naples.
There are links there to some of the decorations, and there is a head of a marble statue of Isis depicted on one of the linked pages.

Here's a wall painting depicting the worship of Isis form Pompei:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/daily_life_gallery_04.shtml
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correction Very Happy
The wall-painting I gave a link for is from Herculaneum

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The worship of Isis is depicted in this wall-painting from Herculaneum. The high priest stands at the entrance to the temple and looks down on the ceremony beneath him, which is supervised by priests with shaven heads.

One priest tends the sacred fire and another behind him leads the faithful (gathered in two ranks) in worship. In the foreground of the painting can be seen two ibises, sacred to Isis, and to the right is a flautist.

Much evidence of the worship of Isis has been found at both Pompeii and Herculaneum, demonstrating the popularity of this eastern cult during the first century AD. Indeed, the Temple of Isis at Pompeii was the only temple to have been completely restored (at private expense) after the earthquake that devastated the town in AD 62.


It's interesting that there was a high priest of Isis, not a priestess.
The priests do all have shaven heads, just like you often see in Egyptian depictions.

I have seen pictures of the restored temple at Pompeii, I just can's find it right now.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isisinacrisis wrote:
As I posted earlier, there is rumoured to be an isis temple in London where I live.
Don't forget about the alternative name for the River Thames - the River Isis.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isisinacrisis wrote:
Maybe the Christians did try to conquer the pagans in this way? or perhaps this was a way of 'integrating' (not sure if that's the right word) the beliefs of both the Christians and the Isis worshippers?

i don't think there were any isis-worshippers left, when they built the church...

(i don't think that the christians ever wanted to 'integrate' any other religion)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But they did want to integrate symbols from other belief systems.
Just to make acceptance of Christianity a little easier for the locals.
That's why there are so many "forms" of Christianity.
It adapted for a big part to the local customs.
Made the religion flexible, attractive...

Only "later on" dogma's started to evolve.
Once the "base" of believers was firmly settled.
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