Tammuz, Isis and the River Thames (excerpt from Genuflect)

[Here is another excerpt from my novel Genuflect, which talks about some of the traditions connecting the River Thames to the Great Mother Goddess and her long-suffering son/consort. I was inspired to post this after looking at Christopher Knowles’ River Styx article series on The Secret Sun.]

I did a Google search, and landed on a poem in Middle English from 1521 called “The Marriage of London Stone and the Boss of Billingsgate.” This was the same phrase used on one of the title pages in the horrible film!

“Uh, Chesterfield, look at this ,” I said.

“I know,” he replied. “I’ve seen it. We found it when we analyzed the film. But I don’t fully understand the significance of the poem, or why its title was used in the film. However, the building next to the River Thames with the boats docked next to it was Billingsgate, the fish market. Old Billingsgate, before they moved it to Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs.”

I looked up “Bosse of Billingsgate” next, and landed on a sample on Google Play Books from a recent work called The Secret Lore of London by Iain Sinclair. There, it was explained that the “Bosse” was actually a phallus which in pre-Christian days had been venerated as a form of the “Great Mother” goddess Britomart, after whom Britain was named.

Cybele with her lions

Another Great Mother, just like Cybele, I thought to myself. And only a hermaphrodite goddess like Cybele could be represented with a phallus.
I read on. I learned that until the seventeenth century the Bosse had stood there at the gate of Belin (now Billingsgate), believed to provide protection. It was named after Belinus, who, as I recalled, was an ancient king of the Britons, as well as a Celtic sun god, thought by many to equate with the Babylonian Baal. Orientalist L.A. Waddell had argued in his book The British Edda from 1930 that there was a single person behind the myths of all three figures.

London Stone in its previous housing on Cannon Street

Baal, in turn, was analogous to Attis. Like Attis, Baal was a victim who played essentially the same role with the goddess Inanna (a.k.a. Ishtar) that Attis did in the Cybele cult. The anniversary of her murder of her own son/husband, for the exact same reason that Cybele killed Attis (erotic jealousy), was observed as a holiday of morning by her worshippers, as it was with Cybele’s. Likewise, Baal’s resurrection was celebrated joyously a few days afterwards. This took place during the Spring Equinox, which was also their New Year’s Day, morphing eventually into the European holiday of Easter, which was named after Ishtar/Inanna.

Attis and Minerva

There in Mesopotamia, her priests were called the Gallu, almost the exact same word as the title of Cybele’s priests, the Galli. It’s derived from the Sumerian word “gal,” meaning “cup” or “vagina.” The Gallu, just like the Galli, were also castrated and dressed as women. In both cults, the priests were actually considered women from this point on, and addressed as such.

The Babylonian equinox rites also included the sacrifice of the Celestial Bull, Gugalanna, just like Cybele was honored with the taurobolium, a bull sacrifice in which her priests were completely drenched in the blood of the victim. This was performed in Cybele’s specially-outfitted slaughterhouse temples, known as metroons, after her title “Magna Mater” (“Great Mother”).

Could this ‘metroon’ be what that one guy at the Butchers meeting meant when I thought I heard him say the words ‘Meth room’? I wondered.
Then I remembered that a couple of years ago, Oxford University had created a 2/3 scale copy of the arch from the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria after ISIS had destroyed the original, and had the replica erected in Trafalgar Square in London during the Autumnal Equinox of 2016. I recalled that the original had been blown up right after the Spring Equinox of that same year, which I pointed out during an interview on a paranormal radio talk show, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.

Galli priest/ess of Cybele

At the time, Mr. Lewis and I had talked about the fact that the Islamic State’s original name, which the Western media still insisted on using, was identical to that of Isis, the Egyptian word for the goddess same goddess as Inanna and Ishtar. Amazingly, while I was sitting there at the pub in England reading more about Isis, I stumbled upon information that the portion of the River Thames that flows through Oxford is actually called “the Isis.” Thus one of the university’s rowing teams has the same name as the Egyptian goddess, and the Islamic State.

restored metroon

This got me thinking about the origin of the name “Thames,” so I looked that up too. There are theories circulating that it might have come from any of a number of words from various languages that all denote the concept of darkness. But nobody’s certain.

As for the River Isis, some old maps have the entire river labeled with that name. A few historians have suggested that it was just a truncation of the Latin name for the river, “Tamesis.” But then there were people saying that there was a temple of Isis in roman London located on the banks of the river near the present-day on ramp to London Bridge.

So then it makes sense for the river to be named after her, I thought.

Attis Castrates Himself

Then I remembered Tammuz, another Semitic name (derived from the Sumerian “Dumuzid”) for the figure of Baal, the sacrificed son of Inanna/Ishtar.

Is that the possible origin of ‘Thames’? I wondered. If the river from its source to Dorchester was once called ‘Isis’ after the Great Mother, maybe the river from there to its mouth was named after her castrated zombie son and consort. It seemed like a reasonable thesis, and when I Googled it in the form of a question, I found the writings of many who agreed with me.

My head was reeling with all these connections. Then I read more about the Bosse of Billingsgate in the “Secret London” book. It said:

The local porters would insist on passers-by kissing the Bosse or else they picked them up and bumped them on the seat against the stone.

I figured this was a sanitized version.

In other words, anal rape with the sacred dildo would at least be simulated
, I thought. Or worse, not simulated.