Goddess of Love or Goddess of Fertility

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Love and Fertility are often interconnected, both being associated with feminine deities in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian mythology. These ancient goddess are where we get the structural ideas for the Church of Aphrodite and the Fellowship of Isis. These are two neopagan religions that have developed in the last century. The Fellowship of Isis has flourished, while the Church of Aphrodite has seen little activity in the last few years. Both of these new religions worship the idea of the mother goddess, but they why has one not done so well? To answer this we must first consider the patron goddess that is being worshipped in each religion. Next we must research the people who founded each religion and the time periods in which they were developed.

Neopaganism is the worship of deities or practices from an ancient culture, the most common forms being Greek and Roman gods (Alder). The Church of Aphrodite, as it plainly says in its name, is dedicated to the worship of the greek goddess Aphrodite (Alder). In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is seen as the goddess of love, and often the physical kind (Davis 200). She is also seen as the goddess of beauty and has a great connection to the ancient Eastern fertility goddess (Davis 200). In Egyptian mythology Isis was the goddess of fertility, and she also resembled the devout, perfect wife (Davis 89). Isis also represented mystery and magic, for she was able to resurrect her murdered husband Osiris (Davis 89). So how do these Goddesses lead to the development of new religions movements?

The Fellowship of Isis was founded in the spring of 1976, in Ireland by Olivia Robertson, her brother Lawrence Robertson, and her sister-in-law Pamela Durdin-Robertson (Fellowship of Isis). ...

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...t something that is intrusive, or completely different from anything they have ever believed before. As much as we might want to get away from our roots, what is familiar is always more likely to attract our attention.

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