|“||The day is coming. The day where any one of us gods from the Nile or other realms will take the head of Yaldabaoth. I wish to play no part in that day, but all will rejoice once the day comes.||„|
He is part of the Ennead.
He was classically depicted as a green-skinned man with a pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive crown with two large ostrich feathers at either side, and holding a symbolic crook and flail.
Osiris is often depicted as a man with a complexion of either green (the color of rebirth) or black (alluding to the fertile Nile floodplain), with a pharaoh's beard, and is partially mummy-wrapped from the chest downward.
He is often represented in his most developed icon wearing the Atef crown, which is similar to the White crown of Upper Egypt but with the addition of two curling ostrict feathers at each side. He also carries the crook, which thought to represent him as a sepherd god, and the flail.
Osiris was considered not only a merciful judge of the dead in the afterlife, but also the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River.
Powers and Abilities
Birth of Osiris
The gods Geb and Nut, both of whom are children of Shu and Tefnut, were in love with each and wanted to make a family of their own. However, when Ra heard of a prophecy that said a child of Nut and Geb would become the new ruler of Egypt in his place, he forbid their child to be born by cursing them so that none of their child would be able to be born on any day on the three-hundred and sixty days of the year.
Desperate, Nut came to Thoth and asked him for guidance, and the god of wisdom quickly devised a plan. Thoth gambled with Khonsu, god of the Moon, whose light rivaled that of his father Ra's. Every time Khonsu lost, he had to give Thoth some of his moonlight. Khonsu lost so many times that Thoth had enough moonlight to make five extra days. Since these days were not part of the year, Nut could have her children.
She then gave birth to Osiris - god of agriculture and later god of the dead, Her-ur - god of war, Isis - goddess of magic, Set - god of deserts, and Nephthys - goddess of water. When Ra found out about their birth, he became furious and threw Nut up to the air and became the sky, after worth, he pulled Geb to the ground and turned him into the earth. Ra then ordered their father Shu - god of air - to keep them separated for eternity.
However, by then, the prophecy had come to fruition as the children of Geb and Nut had been born. Not wanting to create needless drama, Ra then passed down his title as pharaoh to Osiris, the oldest son.
The Osiris Myth
However, Osiris' brother Set was growing jealous, and so Osiris was killed by Set, who wanted his throne. Isis joined the fragmented pieces of Osiris, but the only body part missing was the reproductive organ.
Isis fashioned a golden reproductive organ, and briefly brought Osiris back to life by use of a spell that she learned from her father. This spell gave her time to become pregnant by Osiris before he again died. Isis later gave birth to Horus. As such, since Horus was born after Osiris' resurrection, Horus became thought of as a representation of new beginnings and the vanquisher of the evil Set. Horus was then sent to be trained by their brother Her-ur.
Myths and Legends
Osiris was at times considered the oldest son of the earth god Geb, though other sources state his father is the sun-god Ra and the sky goddess Nut, as well as being brother and husband of Isis, with Horus being considered his posthumously begotten son. Being the father of Horus, whose conception is described in the Osiris myth, is a central myth in ancient Egyptian belief. The myth described Osiris as having been killed by his brother Set, who wanted Osiris' throne. Isis joined the fragmented pieces of Osiris, but the only body part missing was the reproductive organ.
|“||My brother, your uncle, he... isn't a kind man. He is great, I acknowledged that, and the people love him, that is true. But remember my son, sometime appearance isn't everything. Sometime, the most dangerous beast is the one who know how to hide behind smiles and admiration.||„|
|— Set to Anubis.|
|“||A token from someone with much. And from someone with little. But when both die and stand at the final gate, what is their value then? I say they are equal. Symbols of lives well-led. All are welcome to the Afterlife.||„|