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The Myth of Osiris & Isis

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Rosalyn Jimenez

on 30 January 2014

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The Gods were born under “special circumstances”.
A.K.A: Someone won a bet against the moon and the chance to birth 5 Gods! #Winning
(Prophesied to be a King.
Osiris: 1, Seth: 0
Elder Horus

The Gods get hitched.
Seth & Nephthys
Osiris & Isis
(They were in love since before they were even born!
Osiris: 2, Seth: 0

Osiris becomes king and does awesome king things.
On his world tour to civilize mankind, Osiris wins majority of man’s favor through his gift of gab.
He teaches them how to grow crops.
He lays down the law.
He teaches them how to worship the Gods.

The Myth of Osiris & Isis
Apocalyptic Imagery
fulfillment of individual, sexual, and social desire
Demonic Imagery
"molecular tension of egos"
Literary Works
Isis Unveiled
- Madame Blavatsky (1877)
Frye's Theory of Archetypal Meaning
Presented by Roz and Devin
(Even though we know you all "read" the chapter")
According to Plutarch, Sir James George Frazer, and the presenters (us).
Seth and a few buddies plot to get rid of Osiris.
(I mean who can be King when Big Bro is currently occupying the throne?)
Seth goes all Martha Stewart on a
special craft project
and bedazzles the heck out of a coffin, which just “happens” to be the exact size of his brother.
Seth presents said bedazzled coffin, which everyone likes, and he proclaims that whoever can fit in it can keep it.
Guess who fits? Osiris gets trapped in the coffin and is tossed in the Nile River by Set and Friends.
(Osiris: 2 Seth: 1)

Isis gets her widow on and mourns, wandering around looking for the body of her honey.

Through the grape vine, Isis discovers the location of the coffin where her hubs is trapped. Road trip!
Warning: Possible Necrophilia.
Isis conceives a child with her dead husband. Congratulations it’s a boy!
(Younger Horus)
Fast-forward to Byblos subplot, Isis takes the coffin and goes home. Road Trip Part Deux!

Summary Cont.
Summary Cont.
Isis leaves her husbands coffin unattended in order to attend to her motherly duties. Guess who stumbles upon the coffin?
Right! Seth. He chops up Osiris into pieces and scatters his body parts.
(Osiris: 2 Seth: 2)
Isis can’t seem to catch a break, so she’s off again in search of Osiris’s bits.

All of Osiris’s body parts are eventually recovered, except for his manly bits because they were gobbled up by fishes.
(Osiris: 2 Seth: 4)

Isis and Nephthys are sad so the Sun-God Ra, feeling pity, sends
“all the king's horses and all the king's men to go down to earth and put Osiris back together again”
. Okay, he just sent Anubis.
Osiris is revived and given a new job! Guess who is now CEO of the Underworld? Best job ever!

Younger Horace becomes warrior Horace and wins the battle to regain control over Egypt.
(Horace: #Winning Seth: #KO)

Frye's Theory of Archetypes
Summer: Romance
unification of all things
Water imagery (e.g. the Nile)
Hathor as a cow: "fruitful mother of all"
Osiris taught Egyptians how to grow crops
Isis on "Artemis": "a tame she-bear dressed as a matron"
The "ape with bonnet of plaited straw"
The opposite of apocalyptic symbolism; what desire rejects
Animals of prey
Isis sailing through the crocodile marsh
Isis "burning the mortal parts" of a child
-became a swallow (apocalyptic imagery)
The heath-tree in Byblos
Demonic erotic relations are destructive (e.g. the incest between Isis and Osiris)
Horus on how horses (apocalyptic imagery) are more useful than lion (demonic imagery)
The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts
- translated by R.O. Faulkner
The Golden Ass
- Apuleius (Roman novel)
Isis and Osiris
- Plutarch's version
links into a secret doctrine of mystical spirituality.
Used the names of Greek gods out of bias.
Garden (vegetable world)
i.e. the garland of melilot
Sheepfold (animal world)
i.e. Anubis
City (mineral world)
i.e. Coptos or the temples
These stories typically have virtuous heroes and beautiful heroines who represent ideal and villains that threaten their ascendancy.
Osiris & Isis

(Hero/ Heroine)
must defeat

in order to regain power over Egypt and bring peace and fertility back to the land.
1. Complete Innocence (The Birth)
Often relates to the birth of the hero

After Thoth beat the moon in a game of checkers, the curse placed on Nut was lifted and she was able to give birth.
At his birth, Pamyle cried out that "the great king and benefactor, Osiris" had been born. (pg. 458)

2. Youthful Innocence of Inexperience (Environment/Childhood & Adolescence)
This phase usually presents a pastoral world: a generally pleasant wooded landscape with glades, shaded valleys, and murmuring brooks...

"reclaimed the Egyptians from savagery" by teaching them how to tend to the earth. (
The Golden Bough
. 1922)
discovered wheat and barley because of this "stalks of these grains were carried in procession to commemorate the boon she had conferred to men" (
The Golden Bough
. 1922)

Phases of Romance
3) Completion of an Ideal (The Quest)
The hero sets out on an adventure to destroy
evil and return goodness and fertility to the land

Sets out to around the world in order to diffuse "the blessings of civilization and agriculture where ever he went" (
The Golden Bough
, 1922).
Sets out on various journeys in order to recover the body of Osiris and resurrect him. She conceives the younger Horus, who eventually conquers Seth.

4) Happy Society Resists Change (The Struggle)
The hero/heroine's society is threatened by a villain but survives to defeat the assailant

The rivalry of Seth and Horus for the kingship.
5. Reflective or Idyllic View (The Moral of the Story)
Experience and adventure is contemplated.
Good will always conquer evil so long as there is a will to fight for it.
Osiris's act to free humanity of its savagery by teaching them how to cultivate the land in order to survive.
Isis's willingness to keep trying to recover Osiris's body and bury it in various places, and establishing new places for people to worship.
Horus's long fought battle in order to defeat Seth.

6. Society Ceases to Exist Beyond Contemplation
Oral traditions, stories that are passed down from generation to generation.
"Panic" (Pans & Satyrs - Disturbance & Excitement)
"The best of luck to this and that!" (Maneros) #YOLO

The Struggles of Horus and Seth
anarchy and tyranny
analogy of innocence
analogy of experience
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