[2014] Allison Melius: Osiris

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[2014] Allison Melius: Osiris

Osiris is the god of the underworld and dead. He symbolizes rebirth and he is the reason for elaborate burials and celebration of floods, which was viewed as the rebirth of land. Osiris wore a tall white crown with red feathers at both sides of the crown. His body was wrapped in white mummy wrappings and his skin was green or black in color. The color of his skin symbolizes resurrection and fertility flooding of the Nile River. He held the crook and flail which signified divine authority.

Osiris is the son of Geb the god of earth and Nut the goddess of the skies. Osiris had a brother named Seth and two sister’s names Isis and Nephthys. Ra, one of the most popular Egyptian gods, was Osiris’ grandfather. Osiris had to inherit the throne of Egypt since he was the oldest. He married Isis and Seth married Nephthys. During the marriages, Nephthys took on the appearance of Isis. Osiris didn’t realize and ended up having a baby with Nephthys named Anubis. Seth wasn’t happy with his brother because he inherited the throne and got Nephthys pregnant. So, Seth sought to kill Osiris by drowning him in the Nile and putting him into a coffin. Isis tried to recover her husband’s body but Seth already stole away with it. He hid the body throughout Egyptian deserts, after cutting it up. Isis searched for years to find his body, she finally did find all the pieces and used for magical powers to restore the body. Then, Isis became pregnant by Osiris and had a son named Horus. Osiris died again and descended to fully assume his duties as Egyptian god of the underworld.

Citations:"Osiris - Egyptian God of the Underworld." Osiris - Egyptian God of the Underworld. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014."Egyptian Gods: Osiris." Egyptian Gods and Goddesses RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

The Egyptian GodOsiris

Horus who is the son of Osiris and Isis.

Osiris and his wife Isis.

Seth who is pictured on the left married Nephthys who is pictured on the right.

Anubis who is the son of Osiris and Nephthys.

Osiris is the god of the underworld.


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