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Isis

I'sis

Sister-wife of Osiris. The cow was sacred to her; and she is represented with two long horns from one stem at the top of her head. She is said to have invented spinning and weaving. (Egyptian mythology.)

Inventress of the woof, fair Lina [flax] flings
The flying shuttle thro' the dancing strings.
Taught by her labours, from the fertile soil
Immortal Isis clothed the banks of Nile.

Darwin: Loves of the Plants, c. ii.

Milton, in Paradise Lost, names Osiris, Isis, and Orus amongst the fallen angels (book i. 478).

Isis,
Herodotos thinks, is Demeter (Cere).

Diodoros confounds her with the Moon, Demeter, and Juno. Plutarch confounds her with Athena (Minerva), Perseph one (Proserpine), the Moon, and Tethys. Apuleius calls her the mother of the gods Minerva, Venus, Diana, Proserpine, Ceres, Juno, Bellona, Hecate, and Rhamnusia [Nemesis].

Lockyer says, “Isis represents the idea of rising or becoming visible. Osiris of disappearing.” Thus the rising moon, a rising planet, the coming dawn, etc., is Isis; but the setting sun, the waning moon, a setting planet, evening, etc., is Osiris.

“Now the bright moonbeams kissed the water, ... and now the mountain and valley, river and plain, were flooded with white light, for mother Isis was arisen.” —Rider Haggard: Cleopatra, chap. iii.

Isis was the mother of Horus (the rising sun), and is represented as nursing him.

Isis.
Some maintain that Isis was at one time the protectress of Paris, and that the word Paris is a contraction of the Greek Para Isidos (near the temple of Isis), the temple referred to being the Panthén or church of St. Genevièe. We are told, moreover, that a statue of Isis was for a long time preserved in the church of St. Germain des Pré, but was broken to pieces by Cardinal Briconnet because he saw certain women offering candles to it as to the Virgin.

The Young Isis.
Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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