The great flood scrubbed the Earth bright and clean of evil, but not long after mother and child worship became the basis for many ancient religions that expanded throughout the land. Egypt had the goddess Isis and her son Horus, Babylon had Ishtar and Tammuz, Phoenicia had Ashtoreth and Baal, the Greeks had Aphrodite and Eros and the Romans had Venus and her son Cupid. The goddess Ishtar was also called Semiramis and Ashtoreth and the Phoenicians knew her as Astarte. She was the goddess of love and reproduction and all of these goddesses are thought to be derived from Semiramis, who was also known as the whore of Babylon. Nimrod was the grandson of Noah’s son named Ham. Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis. Cush attained the knowledge of the antediluvian Nephilim and he brought this into the post-flood world.
Cush and Semiramis then had a son who they named Nimrod. The knowledge that Cush aquired allowed him to become very popular. Cush went to Babylon with his son Nimrod where he established his kingdom. Cush eventually let Noah know and all those who followed him that their ways would no longer be tolerated, because he was the new sheriff in town. Nimrod was said to be a giant and when he got older he engaged in a war against his father Cush. There don’t seem to be any stories about how Cush died, but he may have just passed away into obscurity (or possibly he smoked too much cush) after he was defeated by his son. The priests of Molech told Nimrod to marry his mother, so he could acquire the all seeing eye, which was a dark knowledge that was given to man by the fallen angels.
After the death of Nimrod’s father Cush, he married his own mother and became a powerful King. Stories were told about Semiramis and Nimrod and the Baal worship that they started spread everywhere. Noah’s son Shem killed King Nimrod, and then Nimrod’s wife Semiramis created her own religion, where she told people that she descended from the sky and that she was the Queen of Heaven who would reign over the Babylonian people. She said that the fish-goddess Atargatis brought a great egg of wondrous size down from heaven, which fell into the Euphrates River. Atargatis had her sacred fish push this egg to the shore and Semiramis was miraculously hatched from this egg. Semiramis told all the people that she immaculately conceived a son named Tammuz.
Tammuz became a mighty hunter but he met his demise at the age of 40 when he was gored by a bull. Mourning his death for 40 days became a pagan custom along with baking raisin cakes for his mother, the Queen of Heaven. The cakes were often decorated with the letter ‘t’ on top in respect for Tammuz and since the letter t looks a lot like a cross, this may be where the tradition of the hot cross bun came from. Pagans were known to end their prayers by making the sign of a ‘t’ across their heart, which may have been the origins for the sign of the Cross that Christians make today.
Q. What do you get if you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A. Hot cross bunnies!
Q. Where do bunnies like to go for breakfast?
Written for 3/31/18 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “bun”.