Beverly Parkison aka Lateblooming Designs

THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF MOTHER’S DAY

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

It is the “second largest U.S. consumer spending holiday” according to the National Retail Federation. Estimates suggest that Americans generally spend more than $14 billion every year at restaurants, on clothing, jewelry and flowers. And like so many other American commercial traditions, its roots can be traced back to ancient times. Predictably, the holiday we call “Mother’s Day” has Pagan origins.

The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, — Ishtar Feast days honoring the mother goddesses were known from antiquity. The fact that Americans only began doing so for a little over 100 years facilitates the cognitive divorce between the hoary practice of the ancients and contemporary Americans, many of whom claim to practice the Christian faith.

Six hundred years before Christ, the…

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Comments on: "THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF MOTHER’S DAY" (4)

  1. There is quite a maternal cult following…

  2. Any celebration on the Lord’s Day is profaning His name and His day. Men continue to use the blessings He gives for their own use. The Israelites were in captivity for 70 years for profaning the Sabbath.

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