www.pribumi.win – Since ancient times, paganism has always worshiped goddesses, especially the God of Earth or Earth Goddess.
The characteristics of paganism are marked by rituals and mythologies with similar signs or phenomena, such as worshiping nature, respecting as high as the balance of the cosmos, worshiping gods, statues, magical powers, ancestral spirits, animism, dynamism, sacred objects, sacred symbols and horoscopes or astrology.
Another feature of paganism is the mantras, offerings, altar offerings and smoke-asapan or incense or incense to add a mystical atmosphere.
Back again to ancient paganism. Goddess of the Earth is depicted as a beautiful figure of the goddess, symbolizing fertility, fertile farmland, the symbol of prosperity, love and generosity. The ancient Javanese always made a statue of Dewi Sri, to be praised as a form of gratitude when the harvest time arrived. The statue of Dewi Sri is often placed in sentong or some kind of room chamber or in rice storage storage.
In the tradition of the Kingdom of Mataram in the Land of Java, is believed to be the queen of the ruler of the southern coast. Nyai Roro Kidul. He is depicted as a beautiful goddess, who has magical powers and collaborates with the ruler of King Mataram in ruling the kingdom. Everyone who drifted along the southern coast of Java Island is believed to be the victim or victim of Nyai to be a servant or retainer of the Kidul Royal kingdom. Every date one Syuro held a harbor event in honor of Nyai Roro Kidul. Similarly, fishermen along the south coast often hold a charity event to give sacrifice to Nyai.
Meanwhile, the Hindu tradition, especially Bali, there is worship of Dewi Saraswati. He is known as a beautiful goddess, knowledgeable knowledge, wisdom and wisdom. At every ritual ceremony put the textbooks to be purified in front of the statue of the goddess.
The doctrine of paganism about goddess worship was so influential on the Christian world that in AD 431, when the Council of Ephesus was held, Mary was proclaimed the Mother of God. From that time the Proclamation was accepted as something in accordance with the Bible and as a standard of their faith. FYI, in the city of Ephesus it stands a magnificent temple to worship the goddess Artemis. With the appointment of Mary as the Mother of God, it is clear that there has been a decree from the Council of Ephesians giving the status of “divinity” or the divinity of Mary. With the letter of the rapture Mary’s status changed from the mother of man to the Mother of God. Thus the status of the divinity of Mary came about 400 years after his death.
In Sendangsono, Kulon Progo Yogyakarta made the Mary Cave as a place of pilgrimage of Christians. Similarly Sendang Sriningsih in Klaten Central Java, Kediri in East Java, in NTT, East Timor and others. Places are often held ritual ceremony in the cave worship.
In Indonesia, there are no less than 52 pilgrimage places that start from the phenomenon of the appearance of the Virgin Mary. In front of the statue of the Blessed Mother the Christians pray, just as paganism does.
Whereas in the Gospels itself reminds Christians, “Little children, beware of all idols” (I John 5:21).
Against the practice of worship of other beings or worship of Jesus or Mary, Islam has been warned in its message contained in the Qur’an:
And (remember) when Allah said, “O Jesus son of Mary, did you say to man, ‘Make me and my mother two gods besides Allah’? Isa replied, “Glory be to You, it is not right for me to say what is not mine (say). If I ever say it, then surely you know it. You know what is in me, and I do not know what is in you. Verily Thou knowest the things of the Unseen.
I never told them except what you commanded me, namely, ‘Worship God, my Lord and your Lord,’ and I am a witness against them, as long as I am among them. So after You shut me. You are watching them. And You are the All-Witnessing of all things. (Surah Almaidah verses 116-117).