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Old 23-10-2009, 07:08 PM   #259
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Originally Posted by 1977 View Post
I get pretty exasperated when people quote Hislop and his followers, but
Semiramis (sĕmĭr'əmĭs), mythical Assyrian queen, noted for her beauty and wisdom. She was reputed to have conquered many lands and founded the city of Babylon. After a long and prosperous reign she vanished from earth in the shape of a dove and was thereafter worshiped as a deity, acquiring many of the characteristics of the goddess Ishtar.Columbia Encyclopedia (2007)
James Frazer apparently agreed.

But clearly, there is no such thing as "Mystery Babylon," as this phrase comes from fanatical Protestants willfully ignoring the comma in Revelation 17:5, "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT." Babylon is the Mystery.
I think you raise a valid point here. People forget that Semiramis was a queen and not a goddess, at least historically, and her name is associated by some with an incarnation of Ishtar. Again it is not the names that are important, becuase names change over time. It is the idea behind the name that is of signifigance. The concept in this case being the mother goddess. It doesn't matter if you call her Ishtar, Queen Semiramis or Mother Mary.
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