In 2019, a top cardinal from the Roman Catholic Church disagreed with Pope Francis' support for displaying the Pan-Amazonian "Pachamama" idols on an altar at the Vatican. Why would a pagan fertility goddess find a place in the Vatican?
Four, 2-foot statues of Pachamama a fertility goddess which "presides over planting and harvesting" were brought on the eve of the Amazonian Synod conference, and set up where mostly Latin-American bishops would worship
The statues were stolen from the church and thrown into the Tiber River, but the local police recovered them and returned them so they could be displayed at the end of the synod.
However there are those that claim the Vatican's connection to a goddess goes back to ancient times.
The name Vatican, which is not based in Latin nor Greek, is linked to the Etruscan goddess Vatika.
The Vatican City State was founded in 1929, by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy, which spoke of it as a new creation, not as a vestige of the much larger Papal States (756–1870). It is composed of approximately 108 acres.
The Pope's residence is the Vatican Palace, north of St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Library was founded in 1451, and contains over 80,000 manuscripts, illustration and incunabula which are books printed prior to 1500 A.D. from authors of different faiths.
About 1000 B.C., before Rome was founded the Etruscans settled in Central Italy in an area known as Etruria.
Outside of their city they created a cemetery Mons Vaticanus, on a hillside that later became the city of Rome. The guardian of the necropolis was the Etruscan goddess Vatika. As goddess of the underworld she acted as a sentinel to keep watch over those who had passed away. The Etruscan's belief in the afterlife were similar to those of the Egyptians, and treatment of a corpse was important for its journey to the afterlife.
The Carthaginian general Hannibal was plundering Italy, and strange omens were seen. The superstitious Romans sent a delegation to Greece to visit the Delphi, and to get an interpretation of the prophecy, that if a foreign invader attacked Rome, they could only be defeated if the Mother of Mount Ida was brought to Rome.
At that time Cybele was known by different names, and was recognized throughout the ancient world.
In 204 B.C., what would become Vatican Hill, housed a 200 foot long temple that took 13 years to build. Inside this temple to Cybele, a 16-foot-tall conical, iron meteorite, which weighed several tons and personified the goddess, known as the "Simulacrum of Cybele" dominated the interior.
Cybele proved her power when the Roman General Scipio Africanus forced Hannibal from Italy.
Vanth was an Etruscan death daemon who served Charun (Greek Cheiron) who was lord of the underworld. Urns holding the ashes of cremated bodies were decorated with images of Vanth, who had wings and bearded snakes encircling his arms. She attended the dead until they entered the Underworld.
Various interpretation for the origin of Vatican is vates (Latin) meaning seer, or Vaticanus from the Etruscan language meaning dragon or serpent. An older word vatica is Hindi for a religious center. How it came to Italy (pre-Roman) from India is unknown. The different origins all have something to do with special sight or prophecy, and present day the Vatican is referred to as the Holy See.
According to Pliny, the Roman historian, he claimed that snakes grew so large in the future Vatican area that one ate a child. He wrote that long before Romans moved to the area of the Vatican, it was a sacred grove of the seer-serpent.
With the advent of Christianity the mother-goddess religion was literally forced underground. Human sacrifice rituals and initiations were conducted in the catacombs under the Vatican,
It wasn't until 81-92 A.D., that human sacrifice was judged a capital crime and the tunnels were closed. However secret tunnels allowed secret ceremonies to Cybele to continue, including child sacrifice. In the second century they were closed, and Roman families found to continue in these practices were exiled to Libya.
One of these was the family of Gaius Fulvius Victor, who would eventually become the third pope after Paul (193-199 A.D.). The Gnostic Antonius Pius sought to execute any nobles who worshiped Cybele. One of these was Victor's father who had to flee Rome, back to his native land which was the old Phoenician city of Neapolis in North Africa.
In 193, the Emperor Severus allowed the reopening of the Great Temple of Cybele on Vatican Hill, and granted the temple to Victor, who appointed himself Bishop of Rome.
As pope he was guilty of many crimes, but his worse offense was to re-institute the practice of child sacrifice at the Vatican. Not satisfied to perform these rituals one a year, he wanted every Mass to include a sacrifice. He claimed the celebration of the last supper and Jesus' death, demanded the human sacrifice of an innocent. He also called for ritual incest.
In 2012, Pope Pontifex M. Victor was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI.
It wasn't until the 4th century, that Christians transformed the temple of Cybele to the Basilica of St. Peter, where it stands today.
The Axis Mundi of Catholicism is an obelisk in the center of the Vatican. It is surrounded by 16 windrose markers, a system created by the Etruscans. According to the book Axis Mundi, the markers all refer to important places in the Christian Faith
Vatika is also associated with a bitter tasting grape used to produce cheap wine. There was also a weed with the same name, which grew in the same slope as the grapes. Ingesting it produced hallucinations. According to a Vatican curator, the Vatican Hill took its name from the Latin word Vaticanus, a vaticinis ferendis which alludes to the oracle who in ancient times delivered messages at this place.
It was Victor who issued a new "offical liturgy of the Mother Church", and he established the date of Christ's crucifixion with moon cycles and the ancient "Day of Blood" celebrated by satanic and pagan cult for Eostre, the Norse name for Cybele.
Victor died in 199 A.D. when he was 73, and Pope Zephyriuns, his son succeeded him. He was pope for 17 years.
In the book, Cult of the Black Virgin the author said that Frankish Merovinginians worshipped Cybele as Diana, and erected monuments to her in France. In modern times she survives as Mary Magdalene. Lyons, France was a center of worship for her, and in Paris she was identified as Isis until St. Genevieve, who is the patroness saint of Paris, took her place.
The role of the stars and their place in the heavens, has affected the design of cities from Rome to Washington D.C., especially in regards to the importance of the goddess in both places.
In Rome, Christians hid goddess worship by reverence to the Virgin Mary. George Washington, through not Catholic, placed half of the capital district in Virginia and the other half in Maryland.
Perhaps this explains better the current Pope's acquiescence in allowing pagan idols to be placed in altars at the Vatican.
Source - bibliotecapleyades
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