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zeal by its devotees as well as an annual month-long festival held in her honor. The temple wielded tremendous power through its function as a banking and financial center. The cult also obtained a sizable income from the large amount of property owned in the environs of Ephesus. Unsurpassed cosmic power was attributed to her. To those who called upon Artemis she was Savior, Lord, and Queen of the Cosmos. She could exercise her power for the benefit of the devotee in the face of other opposing “powers” and spirits. As goddess of the underworld, she possessed authority and control over the multiplicity of demons of the dead as well as the demons of nature and of everyday life. Aphrodite/Venus (Greek) The most commonly accepted legend concerning the birth of Aphrodite indicates that she was born of the foam of the sea, floated in a shell on the waves, and later landed on Cyprus near Paphos. The greatest festival in Cyprus in honor of Aphrodite was the Aphrodisia, held for three days each spring. Each year great crowds attended it, not only from all parts of Cyprus but also from surrounding countries. During the Aphrodisia a religious procession started at New Paphos and wound its way to Old Paphos, some ten miles away, passing through the gardens and sanctuaries of the goddess. Isis (Egyptian) The Egyptians believed the dead go to a territory ruled by Osiris, where a person must give an account of his good and bad deeds. Behind this was the Osiris legend, which tells how the benevolent ruler Osiris was killed by his wicked brother Set, who cut his body into pieces. His wife, and sister, Isis, searched for his dismembered body and restored it to life. Eventually Osiris descended into the underworld as the judge of the dead. His son, Horus, avenged his father’s death by killing Set. Subsequently the myth of Osiris’ death and resurrection stimulated the Egyptians’ hope for immortality. For Osiris, life won out over death; 29

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