The Ancient Lunar Priestesses were called virgins. Virgin meant single, someone who did not belong to a man, a woman who was "one in herself".
The word itself means strength, power, skill and was subsequently applied to men, as in virile.
Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis... all of them were called virgins, which did not refer to their sexual chastity, but rather to their sexual independence, and of all the heroes (mythical or historical) of the great cultures of the past It was said that they were brought to this world by virgin mothers, to know: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus. It was said that all of them were children of the great mother, of the original mother, which provided them with their power.
When the Hebrews used the word in Aramaic meant single or young woman, again without connotations to their sexual chastity. It was later, when Christian translators could not imagine the virgin Mary as a sexually independent woman and, no need to say, they changed the meaning of original virgin for the pure, chaste, uncorrupted.
~ Monica Sjöö
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