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Hi Scott

Are you familiar with the Ikhernofret Stela, erected at Abydos circa 1875 BC in the 12th dynasty during the reign of pharaoh Senostris, which gives details of a 5 day festival known as the Passion of Osiris?

The Passion Plays were held in the last month of the inundation of the Nile, coinciding with Spring, and held at Abydos which is the place traditionally believed by the AEs as where the body of Osiris drifted ashore after having been drowned in the Nile. Some elements of the ceremony were held in the temple, while others involved public participation in a form of theatre.

According to an interpretation by Richard H. Wilkinson, Regents Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Arizona and Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, the Stela of I-Kher-Nefert recounts the programme of events of the public elements over the five days of the Festival as follows:

* The First Day: The Procession of Wepwawet: A mock battle is enacted during which the enemies of Osiris are defeated. A procession is led by the god Wepwawet ("Opener of the way").

* The Second Day: The Great Procession of Osiris: The body of Osiris is taken from his temple to his tomb. The boat he is transported in, the "Neshmet" bark, has to be defended against his enemies.

* The Third Day: Osiris is Mourned and the Enemies of the Land are Destroyed.

* The Fourth Day: Night Vigil: Prayers and recitations are made and funeral rites performed.

* The Fifth Day: Osiris is Reborn: Osiris is reborn at dawn and crowned with the crown of Ma'at. A statue of Osiris is brought to the temple.

This is why Horus represented the sun's rising position whereas Osiris represented the sun's setting position; Horus is symbolic of Osiris' resurrection or rebirth.

Given Osiris' associations with death and rebirth in the divine, humans and crops it is easy to understand why some argue so fervently for pyramids serving a spiritual function as tombs for the resurrection or flight of the Ka while others, like yourself, claim them to have served a more practical function as recovery vaults.

For me, the AEs worship of Osiris suggests absolute conviction in resurrection in Nature, making the idea of "recovery vaults" redundant. For the AEs, life began anew every day with the rising sun and every Spring with the inundation of the Nile.

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Birth of Osiris? 1238 Scott Creighton 24-Jul-12 21:18
Re: Birth of Osiris? 405 michael seabrook 24-Jul-12 21:35
Re: Birth of Osiris? 395 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 00:52
Re: Birth of Osiris? 360 michael seabrook 25-Jul-12 16:03
Re: Birth of Osiris? 330 Gary Osborn 25-Jul-12 17:40
Re: Birth of Osiris? 388 Gary Osborn 25-Jul-12 17:59
Re: Birth of Osiris? 422 michael seabrook 25-Jul-12 20:25
Re: Birth of Osiris? 410 Gary Osborn 25-Jul-12 22:16
Re: Birth of Osiris? 422 michael seabrook 26-Jul-12 20:21
Re: Birth of Osiris? 334 Gary Osborn 26-Jul-12 23:03
Re: Birth of Osiris? 404 michael seabrook 27-Jul-12 20:02
Re: Birth of Osiris? 406 Gary Osborn 28-Jul-12 16:02
Re: Birth of Osiris? 434 Scott Creighton 28-Jul-12 16:43
Re: Birth of Osiris? 360 Gary Osborn 28-Jul-12 17:27
Re: Birth of Osiris? 337 michael seabrook 28-Jul-12 21:04
Re: Birth of Osiris? 463 Gary Osborn 28-Jul-12 21:55
Re: Birth of Osiris? 415 MJT 28-Jul-12 23:06
Re: Birth of Osiris? 406 Gary Osborn 28-Jul-12 23:38
Re: Birth of Osiris? 338 MJT 29-Jul-12 01:06
Re: Birth of Osiris? 377 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 03:02
Re: Birth of Osiris? 359 Audrey 29-Jul-12 06:03
Re: Birth of Osiris? 474 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 11:40
Re: Birth of Osiris? 301 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 00:17
Re: Birth of Osiris? 376 MJT 29-Jul-12 01:12
Re: Birth of Osiris? 519 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 00:50
Re: Birth of Osiris? 319 michael seabrook 29-Jul-12 19:48
Re: Birth of Osiris? 359 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 20:40
Re: Birth of Osiris? 388 Gary Osborn 30-Jul-12 00:54
Re: Birth of Osiris? 393 MJT 30-Jul-12 00:33
Re: Birth of Osiris? 364 Gary Osborn 30-Jul-12 01:14
Re: Birth of Osiris? 347 michael seabrook 30-Jul-12 09:12
Re: Birth of Osiris? 392 Gary Osborn 04-Aug-12 15:26
Re: Birth of Osiris? 347 Spiros 25-Jul-12 20:54
Re: Birth of Osiris? 357 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 18:00
Re: Birth of Osiris? 356 Gary Osborn 25-Jul-12 18:03
Re: Birth of Osiris? 387 michael seabrook 26-Jul-12 20:01
Re: Birth of Osiris? 369 eyeofhorus33 26-Jul-12 21:47
Re: Birth of Osiris? 307 michael seabrook 27-Jul-12 19:58
Re: Birth of Osiris? 400 Gary Osborn 26-Jul-12 22:50
Re: Birth of Osiris? 341 Spiros 24-Jul-12 22:31
Re: Birth of Osiris? 393 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 00:45
Re: Birth of Osiris? 397 Spiros 25-Jul-12 08:35
Re: Birth of Osiris? 384 Spiros 25-Jul-12 09:04
Re: Birth of Osiris? 380 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 09:55
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Re: Birth of Osiris? 390 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 10:15
Re: Birth of Osiris? 416 eyeofhorus33 25-Jul-12 09:58
Re: Birth of Osiris? 362 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 10:45
Re: Birth of Osiris? 369 eyeofhorus33 25-Jul-12 17:57
Re: Birth of Osiris? 370 eyeofhorus33 25-Jul-12 18:31
Re: Birth of Osiris? 419 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 18:35
Re: Birth of Osiris? 388 eyeofhorus33 26-Jul-12 08:21
Re: Birth of Osiris? 385 Scott Creighton 26-Jul-12 10:22
Re: Birth of Osiris? 860 Gary Osborn 26-Jul-12 14:38
Re: Birth of Osiris? 411 Gary Osborn 26-Jul-12 17:57
Re: Birth of Osiris? 358 Gary Osborn 27-Jul-12 16:21
Re: Birth of Osiris? 380 Archae Solenhofen 25-Jul-12 16:57
Re: Birth of Osiris? 388 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 17:15
Re: Birth of Osiris? 467 Archae Solenhofen 25-Jul-12 17:46
Re: Birth of Osiris? 381 Scott Creighton 25-Jul-12 17:54
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Re: Birth of Osiris? 423 Corpuscles 26-Jul-12 01:11
Re: Birth of Osiris? 408 Scott Creighton 26-Jul-12 11:33
Re: Birth of Osiris? - Not exactly 322 Eddie Larry 26-Jul-12 04:02
Re: Birth of Osiris? - Not exactly 379 Scott Creighton 26-Jul-12 10:54
Re: depending on the intention of the parties concerned. 384 Thunderbird 29-Jul-12 19:33
Re: depending on the intention of the parties concerned. 328 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-12 22:05
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Re: Birth of Osiris? 416 Scott Creighton 26-Jul-12 13:56
Re: Birth of Osiris? 383 eyeofhorus33 26-Jul-12 15:16
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Re: Birth of Osiris? 436 eyeofhorus33 29-Jul-12 09:33
Re: Birth of Osiris? 386 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 11:55
Re: Birth of Osiris? 373 Scott Creighton 30-Jul-12 00:35
Re: Birth of Osiris? 473 Thanos5150 30-Jul-12 04:39
Re: Birth of Osiris? 443 eyeofhorus33 30-Jul-12 10:25
Re: Birth of Osiris? 441 Thanos5150 30-Jul-12 18:06
Re: Birth of Osiris? 412 Scott Creighton 31-Jul-12 01:36
Re: Birth of Osiris? 523 Thanos5150 31-Jul-12 07:04
Re: Birth of Osiris? 345 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 11:48
Re: Birth of Osiris? 313 Scott Creighton 29-Jul-12 17:04
Re: Birth of Osiris? 376 Gary Osborn 29-Jul-12 20:42
Re: the house of Osiris, Lord of Rastaw 1360 Thunderbird 30-Jul-12 19:48
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