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Mary's Parents: Joachim and Anna

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She was called Mary as a title, not a name. The word was a form of "Miriam"

Barbara Thiering / <cite>Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls (quoted by Michael Tsarion)</cite>

The Koran, which is the Bible of the Moslems, has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First of all, the Koran believes in her Immaculate Conception and, also, in her Virgin Birth.

Fulten J. Sheen / <cite>The World&#039;s First Love</cite>

A problematic personage. She [Nefertiti] was the daughter of Sitamun and wife of the most powerful man in the world, Akhenaton. Her name meant "Beautiful One Who Has Come." She was the mother of Meritaten ("Beloved of Aton") who made her way, under the name Scota, to Ireland. Nefertiti disappears from the scene during the fifteenth year of Akhenaton's reign when a deadly plague began sweeping the land. Archaeologist Dr. Joann Fletcher may have discovered her body within the tomb of pharaoh Amenhotep II. Nefertiti's sister Mutnodjmet was married to Pharaoh Heremheb who overcame the Atonists and attempted to rectify the havoc that Akhenaton had caused throughout the land. Expert on the Hyksos period, author Ralph Ellis, believes Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet to have been daughters of Aye, the priest of the sun and uncle of Akhenaton. Nefertiti has been taken as a prototype for the biblical Mary the mother of Jesus, as Eve, and also as the Old Testament Sarah. If her disappearance was in fact a banishment, then Nefertiti maybe a liable prototype for the biblical Lilith who was banished to the wilderness because of her rivalry with Adam and Eve.

Michael Tsarion / <cite>The Irish Origins of Civilization, Volume 2</cite>

The illusions of diversity – form, place, and time – are classed by the Orientals under the general term Maya. The word Maya signifies the great sea of shadows – the sphere of things as they seem to be as distinguished from the blank piece of paper which represents the one and only THING as it eternally is. The mothers of the various World Saviors generally bear names derived from the word Maya, as for example, Mary, for the reason that the various redeeming deities signify realization born out of illusion, or wisdom rising triumphant from the tomb of ignorance. Philosophic realization must be born out of the realization of illusion. Consequently the Savior-Gods are born out of Maya and rise through many tribulations into the light of eternity.

Manly P. Hall / <cite>Lectures on Ancient Philosophy</cite>

Interestingly, for our thesis, the ancestors of Mary were Benjaminite priest kings of the House of Judah (Aton).

Michael Tsarion / <cite>The Irish Origins of Civilization, Volume 2</cite>

Older temples and sacred sites, once dedicated to pre-Christian goddesses, were re-dedicated or replaced with churches for Mary. In Rome on the Esquitine hill the Santa Maria Maggio rereplaced Cybele’s temple. Near the Pantheon a church dedicated to Mary adjoined Isis’ sanctuary, while another was built on the site which had been dedicated to Minerva. On the Capitoline in Aracoeli the Santa Maria supplanted a temple of the Phoenician goddess Tanit. In Cyprus, shrines that were Aphrodite’s hallowed ground easily became those of Mary, who to this day is still called Panaghia Aphroditessa.

Helen Ellerbe / <cite>The Dark Side of Christian History (quoted by Michael Tsarion)</cite>

When the Church finally decided, at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, to include Mary as a divine aspect, and after it permitted her worship, innumerable pagan sites to the goddesses of old were converted into places sacred to her. The executive within the Roman church finally accepted how problematic it was to completely suppress the feminine principle. So, they simply deified Mary, knowing full well that she would serve them by appeasing the pagan sentiment impossible to wholly eradicate from the world.

Michael Tsarion / <cite>The Irish Origins of Civilization, Volume 1</cite>

It is written in the Bible that Mary, the wife of Joseph, received a vision in which it was foretold that a son would be born to her; she should call him Jesus, and he would deliver Israel from sin. It is most significant that the name of the Virgin should be Mary. There are important phonetic associations. The Latin word mare means the sea. Of course, the word virgin also means pure - and virgin mare means pure sea. In pagan symbolism the sea is the natural symbol of illusion, because of the reflecting quality of water. Mary is Isis, the Egyptian goddess of the Mysteries whose veil no man might lift. She is the virgin Sophia, the Mother of Adepts; she is Diana of the Ephesians, the mater deorum of the Romans; she is Istar, Astarte, Mylitt.

Manly P Hall / <cite>How to Understand Your Bible</cite>

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