Ishuma – 17 Sons
In a reading given on April 12, 1938 for a twenty-nine year old housewife, Edgar Cayce described a past life of an Atlantean priestess who was said to have had seventeen sons by seventeen different men, quite a feat by any measure:
Before that we find the entity in the Atlantean land, when there was the SECOND period of the upheavals in the land. The entity was a priestess in the Temple then of Light, the temple in which there were the activities in associations with the Law of One. The entity held such activities not so close as some, and not so close as the priests especially of the older ones judged she should. For the entity consorted with those who were, to the priests, questioned; and the entity during that experience had seventeen sons by seventeen DIFFERENT men! These brought those activities of many disturbing forces, yet never were the priests – either of Belial or of the Law of One – able to prevent the entity, as Ishuma, from leading in the activities in the Temple of Light. Hence turmoils were caused … (1523-4)
There are several interesting aspects to the story of this individual. First, it is curious that only some of the priests (especially the older ones) objected to her lifestyle and reproductive choices. And it was apparently her choice of consorts (Belials?) that was found objectionable, and perhaps not so much the numerous relationships involved. One can reasonably wonder if reproduction was one of the sanctioned activities within the Temple of Light where she was a priestess. And of course, there is the point about her insisting on leading the activities within that temple over the objections of the priests of the Law of One AND the Belials. That is another curious comment. Why would the Belials have any say over who led the activities in the Temple of Light, unless they all were on somewhat friendly terms. So there are several interesting aspects to this story, for sure.
With regard to the possibility that some type of reproduction or propagation activities were within the scope of acceptable temple activities, there is a reading for another individual who as a priestess within the Law of One group brought numerous offspring to her "associates":
The entity rose to the capacity of a priestess and – still, every whit the woman, with the emotions throughout of same; thus bringing to its associates many children through that experience. (3180-2)
In this additional case, it is not explicitly stated whether this individual was androgynous and thus capable of progeneration within self (i.e., nonsexual reproduction). However the wording of the readings ("every whit a woman, with the emotions throughout of same") does hint at sexual, carnal reproduction. So perhaps the amazing number of male offspring by different fathers was not the problem for Isthuma, so much as the company that she was keeping. A fascinating case with much food for thought.