PM5421: Titles of Maratrea

This is a listing of some of the titles of Maratrea:

  • Great Mother: We call Maratrea mother, for motherhood is a better image than fatherhood for her relationship to us — for as our bodies come out of our mother's bodies, so do our souls come out of her soul
  • She Who Is is a title of Maratrea — it refers to her self-existent nature
  • Queen of Heaven or Heavenly Queen is a title of Maratrea - it refers to her divine sovereign majesty. In this title, heaven refers to her far-beyond heavenly realm, the highest of all heavens (apart from the far-beyond god, whose realm is not a heaven, and indeed is not a realm, and indeed is not.)

The Hebrew Scriptures attack the Queen of Heaven:

  • Jeremiah 7:18 - The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
  • Jeremiah 44:17-19,25 - But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. • But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. • And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? ... Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

However, clearly these verses are the work of the false and lying prophets. Maybe Jeremiah himself was a false prophet; then again, he may well have been a true prophet, but the book named for him a work of false prophecy; or then, maybe the work originally was written by true prophets, either himself or some successor of his in true prophecy, but later by the false and lying prophets corrupted with these false verses.

These false verses identify a number of true practices of worshipping the Queen of Heaven:

  • the baking of cakes
  • the offering of drink
  • the burning of incense

In particular, the offering of cakes and drink is used in the Maratrean sacrament of cakes and wine. Incense is also an important part of the Maratrean rites.

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