Virgin Mothers In the ancient world, when people believed in miracles and were often ignorant of natural law, many maidens claimed that gods had fathered their offspring. (At one time this claim became so common in Greece that a king decreed the death of any woman insulting a god by charging him with fathering her child.)   The virgin mother of Osiris claimed he was begotten by the father of all gods.  The likeness of this virgin mother, with the divine child in her arms, commonly appears in old temples in Egypt.  Sometimes the divine child was shown in effigy, lying in a manger, just as the infant Jesus was afterward depicted at Bethlehem. Isis, who had “spiritual” relations with her dead husband Osiris and thus became impregnated with the child god Horus, would rightly be considered a virgin mother; the mythologist Joseph Campbell suggested that the image of Isis with the child Horus on her lap is the prototype for similar images of Mary with Jesus on her lap. Alcmene in 1280 BC said she was a virgin and claimed Zeus as the father of the Greek hero Hercules. Maia was the virgin mother of the Indian bodisatva Buddha. Semele was the virgin mother of the Greek god Dionysus. Danae, to whom Zeus came as a shower of gold flakes, was the virgin mother of the Greek hero Perseus. Persephone was the virgin mother of the Greek god Zagreus. Shing-Mon was the virgin mother of the Chinese bodisatva Yu. Mayence was the virgin-mother of the Celtic Druid god Hesus. In pagan traditions that predate Christianity, she is shown bathed in light, with a crown of twelve stars on her head and her foot on the head of a serpent—exactly like the image described in the “Book of Revelation.” In a manuscript called The Secret History of Virgil by Alexander Neckam, Magia Pollia, also called Maia, was said to have been impregnated by the god Jove (Jupiter), who came to her in the form a shower of flakes of gold-leaf, that blew in her window and settled in her wine cup—from this imbibing of the god, she gave birth to the Roman poet Virgil. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily