Dr. Marguerite Rigoglioso has published a fantastic study of ancient goddesses that essentially PROVES the pre-Christian motif of the Virgin Mother, thus rendering the Christian story derivative and MYTHICAL. (And my research FACTUAL and ACCURATE.) Here are some great excerpts from Dr. Rigoglioso’s book.
Neith never engaged in any kind of sexual union; that is, she was eternally a virgin. Yet, as the primordial Being, she was also generative. Thus, in Neith we have one of the earliest appearances of the archetype of the Virgin Mother, the Holy Parthenos, in her original, unadulterated form.