Not only were the four foremothers transgressive, they also share a “sacred prostitute” or “harlot priestess” nature. Barbara Walker defines “Holy Virgin” as the harlot priestess of Ishtar and of Aphrodite. The title did not mean physical virginity, but rather “unwed.”
The function of such “holy virgins” was to dispense the Mother’s grace through sexual worship; to heal; to prophesy; to perform sacred dances; to wail for the dead; and to become Brides of God.3
In Canaan, Babylon, and Palestine they were called kadesha
, which means...