The Virgin Birth
There are many people on the net today professing to be experts on the virgin birth, generally regurgitating encyclopedia knowledge and apologist material.
In this regard, I am posting the following quotes regarding the various non-Christian and/or pre-Christian deities and dignitaries who were considered to be "virgin born" at some point or another. Please feel free to post this material wherever you see misinformation concerning these gods, etc.
Dionysus & Semele
Horus & Isis
Dionysus, son of Zeus, is born of a mortal virgin, Semele, who later became immortalised through the intervention of her divine son; Jesus, son of God, is born of a mortal virgin, Mary, who...; such stories can be duplicated over and over again.
--Cambridge professor and anthropologist Sir Dr. Edmund Ronald Leach, "The Essential Edmund Leach
," p. 108.
...[Osiris's] parts were collected by Isis, and his body was duly resurrected by her, although the phallus was missing. This obliged the goddess to resort to parthenogenesis in order to conceive and bring forth Horus.
--Dr. James S. Curl, "The Egyptian Revival
," p. 15.
"Parthenogenesis" means "virgin birth."
Krishna & Devaki
PARTHENOGENESIS. The myth that certain divine beings or culture-heroes have owed their birth to a mother without the co-operation of a father has been found to be widespread. For example, Isis, Cybele, Leto, Demeter, and Venus are all represented as "virgin" mothers. The Chinese culture-hero Hon Chi was born of a mother who conceived by treading in the footprint of God. The principal deity of the Uapes Indians of Brazil, Jurupari, was born of a virgin who conceived after drinking a draught of native beer....
--Maurice Arthur Canney, An Encyclopaedia of Religions
...During the Golden Age and the greater portion of the Silver Age all men and women are, what Christians call, virgin-born. The fuss that is made about this immaculate conception succeeds only to excite a smile of pity in the Shastra-enlightened Hindoo - a smile of pity for the ignorance of the facts in the past history of the human race of which they seem to know so little and care less to know more. This fact about the Golden and Silver Ages, this generally prevailing immaculate conception, ought to open their eyes. If they require any authority for this statement, I refer them to the study of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata.
--Baba Premanand Bharati, "Sree Krishna: The Lord of Love
," p. 136
Also see "Was Krishna's Mother a Virgin?
"Buddha & Maya
Various Ancient Virgins
To come to the Gymnosophists of India, the opinion is authoratively handed down that Budda, the founder of their religion, had his birth through the side of a virgin.
--Jerome, Adversus Jovinianum
The following is an excerpt from Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection
In his essay on the zodiacal sign of Virgo (ch. 9), under the heading of "Parthenos," the author includes the goddess Isis, among others, such as Demeter, Atagartis and Tyche, as identified with and as the constellation of the Virgin. In Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans, Dr. Theony Condos of the American University of Armenia translates the pertinent passage from the chapter "Virgo" by Pseudo-Eratosthenes thus:Lao Tzu and the Shooting Star
Hesiod in the Theogony says this figure is Dike, the daughter of Zeus [Dios] and Themis… Some say it is Demeter because of the sheaf of grain she holds, others say it is Isis, others Atagartis, others Tyche…and for that reason they represent her as headless.
--Pseudo-Eratosthenes, The Katasterismoi, tr. Dr. Theony Condos, Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans, p. 205.
In an entry for the Chinese sage Lao Tzu or Laozi, David Leeming, a former professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, specializing in myth, writes:
The Virgin-Mother Goddess Pattini as Archetype
...He was said to have been conceived by a shooting star and to have been born from his mother's side (see Virgin Birth).
--Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Dr. David Leeming, A Dictionary of Asian Mythology
...The mother goddess was often viewed as both mother and virgin, like her Indian counterpart, Aphrodite, for example, was both mother and virgin...and Hera renewed her virginity every year by bathing... The cult of the goddess was associated with complex mystery religions whose secrets were accessible only to initiates....
--Dr. Gananath Obeyesekere, professor emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University, The Cult of the Goddess Pattini,
Another very famous Indian god is deemed the product of a virgin birth:
For more information, see "The Virgin Birth" chapter of my book Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.
Sometimes Ganesa [Ganesha] is considered to be a parthenogenetic child of just Siva or of just Devi.
--Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls, Sanskrit Poetry from Vidyakara's Treasury
Why suffer from Egyptoparallelophobia, when you can read Christ in Egypt
? Try it - you'll like it: