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The Story of Isis and Osiris
Transcript of The Story of Isis and Osiris
Theme of the story
The theme or moral of the story is the conflict between good vs evil.
Purpose of the story
"But Seth the Evil One, their brother, envied Osiris and hated Isis. The more the people loved and praised Osiris, the more Seth hated him; and the more good he did and the happier mankind became, the stronger grew Seth's desire to kill his brother and rule in his place."
Osiris was the ruler of Egypt and taught the people many things, spreading happiness across his empire. Osiris's brother Seth was envious of the joy his brother brought to the people and set out to kill him. After the death of her husband Osiris's loyal wife went on a patient journey to find her husband's body. Once she had access to his body she was able to bring him back to life in spirit with the help of the gods. To avenge his father's death Isis and Osiris's son , Horus, attempted to kill his uncle for the wrong that was done to his parents. He failed, but was victorious in the battle of Edfu where Horus destroyed Seth.
What is the myth about ?
I think the purpose is to inform.
To inform the audience of important values that explain why Egypt is the way it is.
"And when Seth was destroyed forever, Osiris would rise from the dead and return to earth, bringing with him all those who had been his own faithful followers. And for this reason the Egyptians embalmed dead and set the bodies away beneath towering pyramids of stone and deep in the tomb chambers of western Thebes, so that the blessed souls returning from Amenti should find them ready to enter again, and in them to live for ever on earth under the good god Osiris, Isis his queen and their son Horus."
In Egyptian culture egyptians believed resurrection was possible after death.
-This was apart of their religion and is reflected in the myth of Osiris and Isis.
Egyptians also considered their Pharaoh or ruler as a god. -That is the reason incest was committed in the royal family. Since they were gods they were to marry other gods or goddesses.
How does this myth relate to the cultural values of the egyptians?