|Menes (literally of Min) was king of Upper Egypt and clearly displays the marks of Hathor's vulva on his knees, symbolizing that even the great king knelt before Hathor and Her High Priestess. On the palate which was used to mix eye makeup, TeTa is shown as Menes' wife leading the armies of Lower Egypt before her husband. It was only when Menes and TeTa united to drive out the foreign invaders that the "Two Lands" became one. The new capital was established at Min (Memphis) in Lower Egypt which was the ancestral home of Teta. It was the king, depicted as twice the height of Teta, who came to the queen. The union of the "Two Lands" was further solidified by making Dendra in Upper (Southern) Egypt the seat of the Goddess Hathor. Her temple at Dendra remained the seat of Her power well into the Christian era.|
The palate, which is in the Cairo museum, measures (approxmiately) 25 1/2 inches high - the height of the Egyptian Sacred Cubit. The entire palate is laid out in geometric proportions which (with a single later modification) were used in all sacred Egyptian writings for over 3,500 years.
However this is not the earliest record we have of the Egyptian religion. Many early historians have written about the events that took place in Egypt before 3200 B.C. There is historical evidence that many writings, statues, tombs, obelisks and monuments once existed from long before that time. Some of these recorded the events of 12,000 years of Egyptian history, but they are forever lost. Many historians claim these lost records that are mentioned in several texts, were actually written long after the events. The problem with that is the Egyptians did not write history. They recorded the events of the day and while these documents were often copied, the Egyptians and did not rewrite them or change them. The Palate is merely the oldest, extant written record that attest to the religion of the Goddess.
Archeology has uncovered even earlier evidences of the worship of a Goddess outside of Egypt. Female figures called "Venus figurine" have been found which date back as far 25,000 B.C. in what has been interpreted as sacred settings, that is, in a circle of stones. Statues of Goddess figures have been found all over the near east and Europe, Africa, as well as in both North and South America. Excavations at Jericho (in modern Jordan) dated to 9,000 (BCE) reveal that Goddess worship was well established 4,000 years before the Jewish god created man. Excavations at Catal Huyuk (in western Turkey) date to 6,500 BCE and reveal an extensive Goddess worship in which sex was not only evident but paramount in the cultures.
Sometimes when people call me on the phone they ask, usually rather belligerently, "Who is your Goddess?" "What's Her name?" These belligerent callers usually are believers in a male god whom they call God, with a capital "G" . But they refuse to allow the Goddess to be called Goddess with a capital "G". They insist that She must have some other common name. In the English language we refer to The Goddess as "The Most High Goddess",, our Heavenly Mother, The Goddess of The Most High. She has a name, but we do not reveal it outside of the religion. However, most people do not even know the name of their own god. They call their god, God, or Heavenly Father. But God is not their god's name, it's a title men give to a deity they neither know nor understand.
If you ask a christian or Jew who their god is, what's his name, they can't tell you. Jews and Christians alike refer to their god as "the God of the Most High" and even "the Most High God". Christians will tell you their god's name is Jesus Christ. But Christ is a title, meaning the anointed one. The man, Jesus, was given the title, "the Christ" by his followers. However both Jesus and Christ came into existence a mere 2000 years ago, and Jesus was certainly not the name of the Jewish god.
The closest the Jews come to a name for their god is Yahweh, or as some call him Jehovah. But Jehovah had never been pronounced until about 1500, when the letter J was added to the English language, and religious scholars gave that as a pronunciation. Yahweh is translated in the Bible as LORD. But Lord is just another title, so that the name of the Jewish god becomes two titles, LORD God. It was their Shem Hammephorash for which neither Yahweh nor Jehovah are the correct pronunciations. The Jews considered the name of their god to be so sacred that it was only pronounced once a year and only by the High Priest in the temple in Jerusalem. Additionally, only the Hebrew consonants which correspond to IHUH or JHUH, which comprise the Tetragrammaton - the Ineffable name, were written. Instead of pronouncing the name the Jews substituted the name "Adonai" for the name of their god. Or so they claim. But Adonis is the Greek God of love and beauty. It is quite probable that the Jews simply did not have a name for their god, so they borrowed the Greek name early in Jewish history. Whatever the name of the Jewish god may have been, there hasn't been a Jewish high priest who could pronounce that name in the temple for over 1900 years. The fact is, there is not a modern Jew who knows how to pronounce his own god's name. And the christian god does not even have a name.
Of the trinity religions, (Judaism/christianity/Islam) only Islam has a name for their god, Allah. However, Allah was a god until the time of Mohammed, c. 650 A.D. Before that time Allaht, (with a feminine "t" ending) was the name of the Arab Goddess. Even today, the Arabs in Egypt speak of the Goddess, Allaht, or refer to Allaht as the Spirit who guards the ancient monuments when the sun goes down.
There are some, like the Mormons, who give Elohim, as the name of God, but Elohim is actually a feminine word meaning a plurality of gods, i.e. goddesses, not god. But a female god disturbs Jews and Mormons alike how can there be a god with a female name?
The Goddess has been know throughout the world in different languages and cultures by different names. Nonetheless, She was still the same Goddess. In Sumer, which has some of the oldest written records of the sacred rituals, she was called Inanna. The same name, written with the same cuneiform (wedged writings) is pronounced Ishtar in the Assyrian and Babylonian languages. She was Astarte in Phoenicia, while the Bible refers to her as Ashtoreth. In Greece She was Aphrodite and in Rome, Venue. Although the Goddess was known by many names, these were different attributes of her character, and more correctly, the title of Her Priesthood. Many of Her names, such as Ishtar and Astarte mean, "The Star", which refers to both Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, and to the planet Venus, which is also known as the Evening and Morning Star.
In Egypt, where our religion has its most ancient roots, most people would know Her as the Goddess, Isis or Hathor. Those are, however, Greek pronunciations. The Egyptian name, Aset, became Isis in Greek, while the Egyptian name, HtHru became Hathor. But these too were not names of actual Goddesses, but rather the title of Her Priesthood for women.
It was the Priesthood and its sacred sexual rituals that distinguished the Goddess religion from other forms of female worship. In the temples of The Goddess priestesses would perform sexual rituals for the purification of men and the fertility of the land. I have performed the same sexual rituals, which involve oral sex and vaginal intercourse, with thousands of men. The rituals are performed as they were anciently by the priestesses of Isis. As I stated, Isis, is a title a short title for, "The Priesthood of the Order of The Most High Goddess after the Order of the Mother of the Earth's seat of Power." In Egyptian this was shortened to Mut Aset, meaning, "mother of the earth", or "mother of the seat of power", which was further shortened (by dropping Mut) to just "Aset", which under the Greek influence became, Isis. The Greek Temples of ISIS, were not the same as the Egyptian temples, but they were so close that the casual observer could not distinguish them.
Mut was the first woman on earth to whom the priesthood was given by the Most High Goddess. She was, thus, the Mother of Mankind and Mother of the Priesthood. Her daughter was given the name and title, "Aset", which became Isis. Hathor, or HtHru, means literally, "The house of the Light of God". The "House" refers to the blood line of the house of the Pharaohs. To understand why Aset and HtHru were considered Goddesses by the Egyptians, you must understand the theology of the religion and how the Egyptians looked at time.
Christians and Jews will mouth those words, "Man was made in the image and likeness of God", then turn right around and say that God is a bodiless, spirit that fills the universe and yet is so small he can dwell in your heart. I don't know of any man that looks like that. They also refer to their god as being a "living god". But "life" is the union of a spirit and body, or as atheists would have it, the animation of the body - a body that has movement, i.e. blood circulation, respiration etc. We have all heard of spirits of dead people who haunt houses. When the spirit leaves the body the body is dead. The spirit continues to exist, but it does not live. A god, which is only a spirit, does not live either if it existed at all it would be as a dead god. Jews and Christians have confused existence with life. They have to. The doctrines of their religion are refuted by a living god. Yet the concept of a living god was understood by the early Christians who were quite clear in their understanding of their resurrection.
We can only imagine how ridiculous the Christians would have appeared if they had gone to the Jewish leaders after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and said, "Jesus has risen". Then everyone would rush to the tomb and find his body still there. "Well his body is still in the grave, but his spirit has risen?" That would have ended Christianity right then and there. Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected with the same physical body he had during his life. Yet their god is without a body.
The Christians so called New Testament illustrates what the early Christians believed about the resurrection. Luke 24:29, speaks of the time when Jesus is claimed to have appeared to his disciples after the resurrection. Jesus is quoted as saying, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have." He then took some fish and a honeycomb and ate them. His disciples even touched him and felt the print of the nails in his hands and the hole from the Roman spear in his side. Obviously Jesus had a physical body. Later Paul would write to the Romans that "Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him." (Romans 6:9)
It took Christianity another 300 years before Jesus would die again. In 325 A.D. christianity was confronted with the contradiction of the Jewish belief in only one god and the obvious three gods of the trinity, God the father, the son Jesus Christ and a Holy Ghost. After all how can you claim to worship only one god when there is a father, son and holy ghost? Christianity changed the nature of their polytheistic god to one god. They removed his resurrected body the one their bible said he had and the Christian god who could die no more, was dead yet he somehow lived without a body another mystery of a god, which men can not comprehend. Mysteries aside, either Jesus was resurrected with a living body, or he was not.
Other pages of interest:
The Pagan Goddess and Gods of The Church of The Most High Goddess
Laws of the Goddesses
In Search of Shaman
Vortices - Mystical Rites of The Pagan Goddesses
Ch. 1 Where Are the Gods?
Ch. 2 The Vortex
Ch. 3 The Gods and Confusion
Ch. 4 Seeking the Spiritual
Ch. 5 The Pious Fraud