The Egyptian Myth of Osiris
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--He is the god of Life and Renewal, born of Nut, the Mother
Sky Goddess called The Vault of Heaven and Geb, the Earth God.
--the other son of sky and earth, the evil and envious
--daughter of sky and earth, the sister and wife of Osiris,
mother of Horus. She is the Moon goddess.
--second daughter of sky and earth, wife of Seth but slept
--Son of Isis and Osiris, depicted as a hawk, represents
Light, battles Darkness(Seth).
--scribe of the gods, chronicler of truth, author of the
Book of the Dead.
--the jackal headed god who opens the way for the departed and
helps in the chthonic transformation process. He actually presided
over the mummification of Osiris(the central god of ressurection). more...
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Osiris, the magnanimous god-king of Egypt, traveled to other lands to bestow gifts while
Isis, the beautiful god-queen, ruled. When he returned, Seth, his envious brother, had
plotted his downfall. Seth tricked Osiris into climbing into a sarcophagus which was
sealed and cast into the Nile. It floated to the Mediterranean and all the way to the
shores of Byblos in Syria where a Tamarisk tree of great proportion grew around it. The
King admired the tree and had it made into a magnificent pillar in the center of his
Isis searched for her husband all the way to Biblos and entered the royal place as a
nursemaid. She was seen doing magic ritual over the Djed pillar with the infant prince and
confessed her true identity and mission. The King granted Isis the pillar from which she
revived Osiris enough to conceive a son, Horus. But upon their return to Egypt, Seth, in a
rage, tore Osiris to bits which were strewn along the Nile. Isis found all his body parts
except his penis which was swallowed by a fish. Nephthys, Thoth, Horus and Isis helped
reassemble Osiris enough to enter the Underworld. Isis raised Horus in the sanctuary of
the Nile delta. As a child he was stung by a scorpion and was saved by the intervention of
the supreme sun god, Ra. Isis learned Ra's secret name and thereby attained great powers.
Horus was instructed in warfare by his father in the Underworld. A great battle of light
and darkness was fought between Horus and Seth. Horus sacrificed his left eye, and Seth
his left testicle. Eventually Horus prevailed over Seth and became the ruler of upper and
lower Egypt. His father, Osiris, is symbolically resurrected each year with the flooding
of the Nile thus ensuring the spring renewal, the greening of the desert and fertility for
Osiris is revered for bringing civilization to the primitive Egyptians. He taught
them farming, observance of laws, and recognition of the gods. He is called the king of
eternity, the lord of everlastingness, the ruler of the two lands from the womb of the
goddess. Osiris is ruler of the dead. The Book of the Dead is a ritual text dedicated to
the resurrection of the deceased represented by Osiris. He presides over the weighing of
hearts, the accounting of good and evil deeds and the final judgement of souls.
The Great Hymn to
by Pharaoh Akhenaten, circa 1350 BC
your holy Light shine
from the height of heaven O living Aten, source of all life! From Eastern
horizon risen and streaming, you have flooded the world with your beauty.
The herds are at peace in their pastures, trees
and the vegetation grow green; Birds start from their nests, wings wide
spread to worship your Person.
When the new one descends from the womb to draw
breath the day of his birth, You open his mouth, you shape his nature, and
you supply all his necessities.
How various is the world you have created, each
thing mysterious, sacred to sight O sole God, beside whom is no other!
You fashioned earth to your heart's desire, while you were still alone,
Filled it with man and the family of creatures, each kind on the ground,
those who go upon feet, he on high soaring on wings, The far lands of Khor
and Kush, and the rich black land of Egypt.
You are the one God, shining forth from you
possible incarnations as Aten, the Living Sun, Revealed like a king in
glory, risen in light, now distant, now bending nearby. You create the
numberless things of this world from yourself, who are One alone-- cities,
towns fields, the roadway, the River; And each eye looks back and beholds
you to learn from the day's light perfection.
Lift up the creatures of earth for your Son who
came forth from your Body of Fire!
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an Egyptian tomb in
the Underworld. Lots of Egyptian Iconography. The room has some aspects of a cave. This is
the showroom for masks shaman's ritual tools and medicine vessels. Even though Osiris
hangs out in the Underworld, judging the dead, he is the God of Resurrection, symbolized
by the rising Nile River, that will fertilize the land.
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hieroglyphic, and demotic, a cursive form of ancient Egyptian---was found along the Rosetta branch of the
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brought to London; yet it was largely the work of a French linguist, Francois Champollion, that in 1822 succeeded in using the Greek text to decipher the other two inscriptions and make it possible to read hieroglyphic texts. Since then, the stone has stood as a symbol of the decipherment of cryptic ancient scripts.
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