Although he is usually seen as a just, generous, and giving god of life and abundance there are also depictions of him as "a terrifying figure who dispatches demon-messengers to drag the living into the gloomy realm of the dead" (Pinch, 178) though these are the minority. The chaos Set had unleashed on the world was conquered by Horus, who restored order, and then ruled with his mother. Osiris' identification with eternal life, with life from death, gave rise to his mystery cult which would travel beyond the boundaries of Egypt as the Cult of Isis. Osiris was murdered by Set in a struggle to claim the power of slain Re. From the Vth Dynasty, the priests of the sun God Re at Heliopolis incorporate him in the Heliopolitan Ennead as first child of Geb and Nut. He comes back to life just long enough for Isis to become pregnant with Horus the Younger. Our latest podcast episode features popular TED speaker Mara Mintzer. 1, Osiris and the Egyptian Resurrection: Two Volumes Bound in One, Awakening Osiris: A New Translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The goddess Isis was the mother of the king and was thus the mother of Horus and consort of Osiris. The people of Egypt were invited to visit the temple complex to make offerings and ask for prayers, seek medical advice and counsel, receive aid from the priests by way of material goods or financial gifts, and leave sacrifices to the god in asking for a favor or by way of thanking the god for a request granted. This identification with Osiris, however, did not imply resurrection, for even Osiris did not rise from the dead. The kings of Egypt identified with Horus during life (they each had a personal name and a 'Horus Name' they took at the beginning of their reign) and with Osiris in death. He allegedly persuaded the Egyptians to end cannibalism (though there is no evidence that they were ever cannibals). Osiris was an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead, but more appropriately as the god of transition, resurrection, and regeneration. Osiris is one of the characters for the tier Gods. Historian Margaret Bunson writes: As the Nile receeded, the Egyptians went to the shore to bestow gifts and to show grief over Osiris' dying another time. Harmony and order had been established by the son of Osiris, Horus, and the king was Horus' living representative who provided for the needs of the people. Ancient History Encyclopedia. The emergence of the god from the darkness of his temple to participation in the joys of the living symbolized Osiris' return to life from death. Margaret Bunson describes this practice, writing: These were boxes fashioned out of wood or pottery normally in the shape of the god. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld - Tejal Gala, The Egyptian myth of the death of Osiris - Alex Gendler, Osiris and the Egyptian Resurrection, Vol. Minhotep & Nakhtmin Relief Steleby Mark Cartwright (CC BY-NC-SA).