Ichthys – Christian sign, pagan origins? 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthys “Ichthys as adopted as a Christian symbol.

Origins

Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. In pagan beliefs, Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient sea goddess Atargatis, and was known in various mythic systems as Tirgata, Aphrodite, Pelagia, or Delphine. The word also meant “womb” and “dolphin” in some tongues. Before Christianity adopted the fish symbol, it was known by pagans as “the Great Mother”, and “womb”. Its link to fertility, birth, and the natural force of women was acknowledged also by the Celts, as well as pagan cultures throughout northern Europe. In certain non-Christian beliefs the fish also has been identified with reincarnation and the life force.” 

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4 thoughts on “Ichthys – Christian sign, pagan origins? 

  1. Why is it that so many of the symbols for our faith, our money, our countries, etc., etc., etc., have strong ties in one way or another to Greek mythology and so forth? I’ve wondered that on more than one occasion, but thought it was simply my overactive imagination.

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  2. It isn’t imagination. It is astute observation. All of it go back to Ancient Wisdom, the “apple” that Adam & Eve had eaten. The knowledge of good and evil, many things go back to Baäl, the Satan. Even Solomon plagiarised the pagan Epic of Gilgamesh, which is why Ecclesiastes says all is in vain, there is no life after death. And we all know this contradicts and negates Jesus, yet someone decided to put it in the Bible. Gilgamesh preceded Solomon with centuries.

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  3. Very interesting! And makes perfect sense! I think I shall spend some time in study on this very subject, thanks for this.

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  4. Interessant! Wel, ten minste weet ons wie die seediere geskape het, en dit maak ‘n verskil! Die mens kan na die beste van sy vermoë “signs” teken of naboots, maar as dit by die ware ding kom, het die Skepper Sy stempel daarop gesit!
    Oulik geskryf.

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