Myth and Mythology ~ From the book, “The Pagan Christ by Tom Harper”
A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.~ James Feibleman
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
and not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home ~ William Wordsworth
If you examine the best-known Greek myths, for example, you will see that each one has within it a deep truth about the human condition that remains timeless even though the event never happened.
Mythology is the repository of man’s most ancient science.
The ancient sages of Egypt, Chaldea, and Sumeria were wise and spiritual enough not to wholly identify their deity with even so glorious a manifestation as the sun.
God, they understood, was far beyond the sun in glorious reality; but since one can speak of God only by means of metaphor in the end,the solar disk was the most powerful, most fitting symbol they could conceive of.
What’s crucial to remember is that when they extolled the sun’s splendour, they saw it as symbolic not only of God but ultimately of our own divinity as well.
The sun god was the embodiment, or model, of what each of us, through spiritual evolution, was finally meant to be.
In Egyptian religion, the belief that deeds done in the body would be analyzed and scrutinized by the divine powers after death belongs to the earliest period of that civilization. This believe remained essentially the same in all generations and throughout all periods.
Each soul was dealt with individually, most often by being “weighed in the balance” – a concept many carvings depict.
We see scales with the individual’s heart in one pan and a feather (symbolic of righteousness or moral law) in the other.
The goal was to gain admission to the realm of Osiris.
The place of judgment was called the Hall of Maat ( or Mate, the plural). This word originally referred to a reed or stick used for measuring. The name was then transferred to 2 goddesses, Isis and Nepthys, who were also called the Mate, because they stood by at the judgment representing straightness, integrity, what is true and right