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ANAHITA September 1998

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The Assumption of the Virgin near Ephesus (travelling in Turkey)

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Sun, 6 Sep 1998 17:41:47 EDT

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This should be a great discussion.

Don't forget the house of the Virgin Mary, outside Ephesus.  The setting is
gorgeous & the drive up is beautiful.  It was said that a disciple brought
Mary to Ephesus.  She died there & was assumed directly into heaven.  It's a
small house (reconstructed according to some idea or another), & many
devotions are performed there.  Lots of votive offerings, discarded crutches,
&c..

In an essay from the first decade of this century, Ramsay in --I think--
_Pauline Studies_ tells of a Jesuit who was stationed in Turkey in the later
part of the 19th century.  Disgusted with some manifestations of popular
religion, he sought to refute the visions of an illiterate German lay nun (is
this the right term?  She had no dowery & could not take holy orders, although
she could take vows.  She entered the convent as a kitchen worker, because she
could not become a full member of the order.)  This woman had visions which
gained wide credence in Germany circa the 1860s.  One of her repeated dreams
or visions was of the Virgin calling her to unearth the exact site of Her
assumption into heaven.

The Jesuit sought to "find" the place.  He sought to show there was no such
area or possiblity that anything in Turkey would be known to a woman who could
not read & had never been more than a few miles from her birthplace in
Germany.  The area was riddled with brigands & had not been inhabited in
centuries.  He found the spot just as she described it.  He did manage to dig
& found a number of layers the lowest of which (in his digs) was a pre-
Christian temple of Artemis!

(*o~)
Sheila Shiki y Michaels

 In a message dated 98-09-06 05:48:10 EDT, [log in to unmask] writes:

<< Many churches and monasteries dedicated to the Virgin Mary are quite
possibly built on pre-Christian sacred sites - the cult of the Virgin Mary is
very strong in Cyprus, and I guess has taken over from ancient goddess-cults.
>>

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