Isidora's scythe curved in a perfect arc, severing the white wings of the seraphs. Her struggle against the rival deities was arduous, yet not once did she consider retreating from their assault. She was compelled to protect her adherents, and, more than being deemed a betrayer, she would not tolerate the prospect of her loyal followers being slandered as "pagans".
Isidora sometimes spelled Isadora is an English, German, Serbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian female given name of Greek origin; the meaning is "gift of (the goddess) Isis". Derived from Isídōros, a compound of Ísis and dōron "gift". Isidora along with male variant Isadore were very popular in Ancient Greece.
In Egyptian mythology, Isis (original Egyptian pronunciation more likely "Aset" or "Iset", her name could mean "she of the kings' throne") was the principal goddess of health, marriage, and love, the sister and wife of Osiris (god of the afterlife, death, life, and resurrection) and the mother of Horus, the falcon-headed deity associated with king and kingship (although in some traditions Horus's mother was Hathor, goddess of the sky, love, beauty, joy, motherhood, foreign lands, mining, music and fertility). Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic; she was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children. She was originally depicted wearing a throne-shaped headdress, but in later times she was conflated with the goddess Hathor and depicted having the horns of a cow on her head. She was also worshipped by people outside of Egypt, such as the Greeks and Romans. Isis is still widely worshiped by many pagans today in diverse religious contexts.
Artwork by Minki Shim.