Herstory of Christianity


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Enthroned Isis with her son Horus on her lap. The similarity between Mary the mother and the goddess Isis is obvious.

Her Story

Herstory of Christianity 

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Het belang van het schrijven van Her-story is het in balans brengen van het mannelijke en het vrouwelijke. Dit geldt niet alleen voor de geschiedenis, maar ook voor het geloof en het christendom. Aan het begin van alle religies staat de grote godin. In Egypte – het land waar een van de oudste beschavingen begon – was dat de godin Isis. Zij bleef op aarde om de mensen te helpen, toen Osiris, haar geliefde en gemaal, stierf. Zij voedde hun zoon Horus op en ontfermde zich met liefde en rechtvaardigheid over de mensheid.

In dit artikel beschrijft Danielle van Dijk de weg die de grote religies gegaan zijn: van godin naar godheid. Ze beschrijft wie de godin Isis precies was en haar grote verspreidingsgebied in de wereld. Ze beschrijft ook haar invloed op het christendom. Maria, de moeder van Jezus, heeft haar kind Jezus op schoot, net als Isis haar zoon Horus.

De schijfster gaat nog een stap verder en vraagt zich af waar de liefdesrelatie tussen man en vrouw in het christendom gebleven is: kennen we alleen de moeder van Jezus of is er ook een geliefde vrouw, zoals bij Isis? Ze neemt de lezer mee op haar zoektocht en komt tot een spectaculaire ontdekking.


The importance of writing Her-story is balancing the masculine and the feminine. This applies not only to history, but also to faith and Christianity. At the beginning of all religions is the great goddess. In Egypt – the land where one of the oldest civilizations began – it was the goddess Isis. She remained on earth to help the people when Osiris, her lover and consort, died. She raised their son Horus and had compassion on humanity with love and justice.

In this article, Danielle van Dijk describes the path that the major religions have taken: from goddess to divinity. She describes exactly who the goddess Isis was and her wide range in the world. She also describes her influence on Christianity. Mary, the mother of Jesus, has her child Jesus on her lap, as does Isis, her son Horus.

The writer goes a step further and wonders where the love relationship between man and woman in Christianity has gone: do we only know the mother of Jesus or is there also a beloved woman, as with Isis? She takes the reader along on her quest and makes a spectacular discovery.



Danielle van Dijk

My name is Danielle van Dijk. I was born on October 13, 1953 in Hilversum. I had a nice and uncomplicated childhood with a lot of attention for stories, nature, religion and fantasy. My parents were freethinkers; My mother was attracted to anthroposophy. That’s why I was preoccupied with life’s big questions early on: where do we come from? Where do we go after death and what is the meaning of life? My parents wanted to raise my sister and me spiritually and artistically, but the Waldorf School was too far away. That’s why I went to the Hilversum School Association. Then I went to the New Lyceum, department of gymnasium B. I loved Egypt and the Odyssey very much. Greek mythology was a hidden world for me, full of goddesses and gods.

After graduating, I went to study in Utrecht and live in a room: a wonderful city! I still live there! I studied Dutch language and literature. After my candidates, I no longer found science that challenging and I wanted to work with literature in practice: teaching at the secondary school of the then called Vrije School in Zeist. I thought that was great! At the age of 21, I stood in front of classes full of teenagers. Inspiring young people with literature and stories excited me so much that I completely connected with Waldorf education. I became a mentor, directed plays and lectures about the human image and pedagogy. The creativity in those first six years was enormous.

At the end of 1980 I said goodbye to make another big trip with my partner. After that, I wanted to have children and also get my first degree (now called Master’s). In 1983 our eldest son Wouter was born and in the same year I founded the Vrije School Utrecht with a group of initiative members. Guido was born in 1984 and I also graduated from the University of Amsterdam. Teaching was resumed part-time, because it was the best job I could imagine: working with people growing up and inspiring them through literature and language. The lessons now had more philosophical undertones and we discussed a lot about life and about their own lives.



In 1987 we had our third son, Michiel, and we left the group home where we had enjoyed living for more than 15 years as real 60’s baby boomers. Now I have my own house and my own family. In 1989 Rense and Iris were born, our twins. They all went to the Vrije School Utrecht, which I had founded together with others. Then they went to the Stichtse Vrije School in Zeist (VO), where I still taught. Now, in 2018, all five have graduated and are working. I feel like a rich person. 

In 2007 – the youngest were 18 years old at the time – I conceived the plan to write books about working towards a better world in addition to my lessons and policy work. From that time on, I also give lectures everywhere and meditation workshops together with a friend.

Of course, a life cannot be summed up on an A4, but the essence is hopefully clear: stimulating inner development (also in myself of course) and becoming Human in the most humane sense of the word. That’s the core of what my life is all about. And: love of course, but that’s actually the same thing 

– The Christ consciousness; a modern path of initiation, Christofoor, Zeist 2008.

– Mary Magdalene, woman next to Jesus; a search for hidden Christianity, Christofoor, Zeist 2012.

– The Shroud of Turin; Shroud of Jesus; Christ’s Baptismal Dress, Amsterdam, Chicory 2015.

– Mary Magdalene from the paint; forty paintings with hidden symbolism, Amsterdam, Chicory 2016.

– Mary Magdalene, The Lady of Glastonbury and Iona, Amsterdam, Chicory 2018.





Mary Magdalene, Master of the Mansi Magdalene (1480-1537); whereabouts unknown; private collection. Maria is clearly heavily pregnant here.

Pharaoh Seti I is suckled by Isis; the Temple of Isis at Abydos (ca. 1290 BC), Egypt. Isis is considered to be the great mother goddess, who guards and protects the pharaohs. Feeding with the divine milk is a well-known theme, which also occurs in Christianity, but then only the child Jesus is fed (the mater lactans).

Enthroned Mary (c. 1310), Duccio di Buoninsegna (Siena ca. 1255-1318/1319), Museo dell’ Opera Metropolitana, Siena. Roman Catholic Christianity honors Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is called the ‘Mother of God’ and takes the place of the goddess Isis. What is striking is that Mary is dressed in blue and red and does not wear any jewelry. Her hair is completely covered by her cloak.