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ISIS or Isis?

Surely I'm not the only Pagan pissed off that ISIS -- the Islamic State of Iraq -- a group devoted to deep Patriarchy, is using the name of one of "our" Goddesses?

More on this later this week as the Moon wanes and our opportunities for magical work increase.


Update 6/17/14:  I have seen conflicting reports concerning whether ISIS is an English translation of this group's name or whether the group, itself, uses ISIS.  However, given that the name of a wonderful Pagan Goddess has become associated with this group, I do plan to post a short magic-working in a few days.

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HecateDemeter is a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an ecofeminist, a lawyer, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth.


  • Diotima
    Diotima Sunday, 15 June 2014

    No, you're not the only one. It aggravates me, though I haven't made up my mind about how significant it is. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

  • Jamie
    Jamie Sunday, 15 June 2014


    Being the good jihadists that ISIS' minions are, I'm sure that any actual worshippers of Isis, should they be discovered, will be raped and killed in Allah's name.

    Apparently, the raping seems a necessary punishment by the Islamist radicals. This way, Allah will see the rape victim as a whore and cast her into damnation upon death.

    Not unlike the rebels in Syria, Uncle Sam's new friends, who raped and murdered Yana for being Pagan. She was betrayed by her own brother, an aspiring jihadist. May the Gods curse him.

  • Jamie
    Jamie Sunday, 15 June 2014

    Which is not to say that atrocities are aren't being committed by every side in that conflict.

  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward Sunday, 15 June 2014

    I agree that the nickname is unfortunate. Since the organization's name was probably coined in Arabic, I've also been wondering if there's a way to shorten it that's more culturally appropriate to that language.

  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis Monday, 16 June 2014

    The group's name in Arabic is ad-dawla ʾal-islāmiyya fīl-‘irāq waš-šām, which happens to translate into English as the Islamic State in Iraq (and the Levant). I'm pretty sure the ISIS acronym is entirely coincidental.

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