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Post  Mr. Fisher on Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:30 pm

Instructions: Read the Osiris myth and answer the discussion questions below.

The Osiris Myth

Osiris was the son of the Geb, a creator god, god of the earth. Geb ordained that Osiris would rule the world. In turn, a gracious Osiris gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of the fields. The grateful world proclaimed him "the eternally good being." All bowed down to the generous god and raised up his name.

The people had so much love and admiration for Osiris that his brother, Seth, became consumed with jealousy. Seth suffered his ill feelings until he could stand it no more. Then, he thought of a way to avenge himself. He brought a trunk to his popular brother and asked him to look inside. When Osiris looked in, Seth pushed him down into the trap and locked his brother into the trunk. The trunk, washed ashore at Byblos, where it caught in the branches of a tree. The tree grew around the entrapped body of Osiris and there, the tale would end, except that the King of Byblos called for the tree to be cut down and its timbers used to build a great palace.

Isis asked for help from the Queen of Byblos and recovered the body of her husband, Osiris. She sought to have the god buried with great ceremony, but before the services and internment, Seth discovered his brother's body and hacked it into fourteen pieces and scattered the pieces the length and breadth of the Two Lands. Many of the great cities in the ancient land, would later claim to have found pieces of the great god and would point to tombs they had built to hold him.

Isis, along with her sister Nepthys, searched the land until they found all but one part of the slain Osiris. The missing piece, the phallus, had been thrown into the Nile and had been eaten by a fish. With the aid or the god Anubis, who bound up the god and made him whole, Isis endeavored to bring him back to life. Isis fashioned a phallus for the dead god and she attached it to the body of Osiris. Then, she moved the falcon's wings, wafting breath into the god. As she, joined her body to his, she took his seed into herself and conceived their son, Horus.

Then Osiris, descended into the netherworld, where he would rule forever and ever. Horus, his son, became the god-symbol of the living Pharaoh. His father, Osiris, became the symbol of the recently deceased Pharaoh, gone to rule the netherworld.



Discussion Questions:

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?

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Post  MariaelenaFarina on Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:14 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?--Everybody was happy because the world had agriculture, fermented drink, and the bounty of the fields.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?--Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he is jealous, and wants to be the pharoah. He destroys Osiris by killing him, and scattering pieces of his body in the Nile River.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?--Isis reacted to the death of her husband by going out to find all of her husbands dead pieces.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?--That there were living gods, just like Osiris.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
--In the artwork i see one figure protecting another which i think is Isis guarding Osiris. I also think that the other figure is Seth. Isis' personality is that of guarding, Osiris' personality is that of being kind, a ruler, and a pharoah, Seths' personality is that of jealosy and vain towards his brother.

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Re: Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Myth

Post  HelenaD on Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:29 pm


1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris? Osiris gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of the fields. They called him the 'eternally good being" because of the nice and offering person he was.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he is jealous of him being on the trone and he wants to be the pharaoh. He acomplished that by killing his brother by locking him inside a tree trunk where he dies.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband? Osiris gets back the runk and recovers her husband's body before he is cut into 14 peaces by his brother and hidden all in different places of Egypt.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs? He became the symbol of the recently deceased Pharaoh, gone to rule the netherworld.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures? . First I see on the sides of the pictures symbols that might be hieroglifs, second i can see human beings with big crowns and wings on one of them.

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Re: Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Myth

Post  LauraNoaBassano on Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:33 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
Egyptians were happy because Osiris gave the world agriculture, fermented drink and the bounty of the fields. The Egyptians infact proclaimed him "the eternally good being."
2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth wanted to destroy Osiris 'cause everybody loved his brother and he was jealous about Osiris was the Pharaoh.
He accomplished this killing his brother.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She saved her husband's body before he is cut into 14 peaces by his brother and she hidden all in different places of Egypt.
4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
Osiris descended into the netherworld, where he would rule forever and ever. He became the God of the Nile River.
5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
I think that the man alone on the left is Seth and the man and the woman on the right are Osiris and Isis. We can see very well that Isis is trying to protect her husband but a the same time he is not worried about his brother (in front of him). And we can also see that Seth is alone, while Osiris and Isis are sustaining each other.

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The Myth of Osiris

Post  AnaMartinez on Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:43 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
It was a happy life, filled with love and admiration for Osiris. He gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of the fields.
2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he is jealous of him. Seth tricks Osiris, and locks Osiris in a trunk.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband? Isis asks for help from the Queen of Byblos and recoveres the body of Osiris. She wants to have a great ceremony for him.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
It made Egyptians believe in the afterlife. Because Osiris descended into the netherworld and ruled on forever, it made Egyptians believe that there is an afterlife.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
In the artwork I can see three figures and I think that one of them is Isis when she moved the falcon wings, wafting breath into the god. The one next to her must be Osiris and I'm not sure about the third person.

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Answers, the myth Osiris

Post  Alex Galluzzi on Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:14 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?

- Most of the people were happy, thanks to the well working agriculture, farmlands, fermented drinks. Egyptinas were really happy with Osiris, and they called him " The eternally good being".

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?

- Seth, wanted to kill and destroy Osiris because he was jealous of is power over Egypt, and Seth wanted to take his place as a pharapoh. He destoyed him by killing him, and scattering all the pieces of his body in the Nile River.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?

- She was upset, asked help and went to the Nile River to find all the pieces of his body.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?

- For Egyptians he become the God of the Nile River and they say he went to the netherworld and he is going to rule forever there.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?

- I can see that a person is helping the other one, and now talking about Osiris death I'm thinking that it would may be Iris with her husband's body. The other picture is Seth. I see Seth's personality jealous and vain toward his brother. Isis' personality I thing is of guarding and Osiris' of being a really good ruler and Pharaoh.






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Re: Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Myth

Post  Samuel Hebert on Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:18 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the ruler ship of Osiris? Life in Egypt was awesome because Osiris, gave everybody agriculture, fermented drinks and the bounty of the field. Osiris was such a good person the people had so much love that they bowed for him.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this? Seth want's to destroy his brother because he is jealous. He accomplished to avenge him by tricking him. Seth told Osiris to look inside the truck and when he did Seth pushed him inside a trap. The truck got thrown in the water and has washed away into a branch of a tree, and the tree grow around it and entrapped him.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband? She is really nervous and she want to find the missing peace. she wasn't that happy.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs? After this happened Egyptians started thinking in afterlife. Osiris went to the netherworld forever.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures? In this picture i can see Osiris, Isis and Seth. in this picture i can see important symbol of important things.




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Post  Brandon T. on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:35 am

1. At the begging of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
-- Under the rulership of Osiris, the people of Egypt were all happy because Osiris, or god of Egypt, gave the world agriculture, fermented drink and the bounty of the fields.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
-- Seth wanted to destroy Osiris because he became consumed with jealously. Seth accomplished the death of Osiris by giving him a trunk as a gift, so when Osiris looked inside it Seth pushed him into the trunk and locked it. The trunk, washed ashore at Byblos were it caught onto the branches of a tree.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
-- She doesn't feel good, she's nervous because she knows that something must have happened to the body. She asks the Queens of Byblos for help to recover her husbands body.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
-- Osiris became the symbol of the recently deceased Pharaoh.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
-- Two of the symbols must be Isis with Osiris on the right side of the picture. It seems that Isis is trying to protect or spend the time that she has left with Osiris. And on the left side it seems that that must be Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris.


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~* Ancient Egypt: "The Osiris Myth"

Post  KaylaNicole on Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:27 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?

*~Osiris was the son of the Geb, a creator god, god of the earth. In turn, a gracious Osiris gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of the fields. The grateful world proclaimed him "the eternally good being." All bowed down to the generous god and raised up his name.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?

*~ Osiris brother Seth wanted to destroy Osiris because he is jealous, and wants to be the pharoah. He destroys Osiris by killing him, and scattering pieces of his body in the Nile River.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?

*~Isis reaction to the death of her husband Osiris was by going out to find all of her husbands dead pieces.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?

*~ Osiris became the symbol of the recently deceased Pharaoh, gone to rule the netherworld.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?

*~ In this unique artwork I see Isis protecting Osiris. I also believe in the other figure is Seth.

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The Osiris Myth

Post  AntoniaDehner on Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:50 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris? Everybody was feeling good because there was fermented drinks, & agriculture.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this? Seth wanted to kill him because he was jealous of Osiris being pharaoh, and he wanted to be it, so he killed him and then separated the pieces of his body all around the nile river.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband? Isis went to the Nile river to look for all the pieces of her husband.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs? That like Osiris, there believed that there were living gods in the world.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures? The three figures must be Seth on the left side and Osiris and Isis together on the right side and on the sides of the pictures there seem to be hieroglyphics. Seth personality is jealous, and mad, Osiris' is kind of standing up for his wife and him, and Iris is protective with Osiris.

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Re: Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Myth

Post  HayleyGrice on Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:34 pm

1.At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the ruler ship of Osiris?
-At the beginning, life in Egypt was bountiful because Osiris gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of the fields.

2.Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
-Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he is jealous of his power and the admiration people have for him. To get what he wants Seth traps Osiris into a trunk and threw it into the ocean.

3.How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
-Osiris finds her late husband’s body and wishes to throw a great ceremony for him.

4.What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
-Osiris’s death made the Egyptians have a belief in the afterlife since Osiris became the ruler of the Netherlands for all eternity

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
-In the picture we can see the hieroglyphics on the side and the three people in the middle. On the left is Seth and on the right is Osiris on a pedestal because he was a god and Isis looking as if she is trying to protect Osiris.

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Post  NAdames on Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:28 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
The myth says life was good in eygpt and Osiri was the kindess pharaohin all eygpt.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he is jeulous of his brother and his power. He grags his brother into a trap and kills him under a tree.
3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She wanted to give his husband a proper burial an went to get his body to bayblos.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
That Osiris death ment that the Pharaohs have life after death and have to be buried with all their belonings.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
I see some artworks first you can see its an egyption drawing with its pictures and hyrogliphics also i can see the live and dead paharaohs both representing eternal power.

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Re: Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Myth

Post  maddie on Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:32 pm

1 every one was happy because of agriculture.
2 seth wanted to kill osiris because he wanted to be pharaoh, he got ride of him by killing him then sending him down the Nile in a box especially made for him.
3 She goes and finds all of her husband peaces.
4 that they were gods
5 I can see that there is a women and two men which i think is osiris, seth, and isis. it seems like isis is guarding osiris and seth is standing there trying to trick them.

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The osiris myth

Post  Andrea on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:09 pm

1. . At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
Everyone was happy because he gave the world agriculture, fermented drink, the bounty of fields and they called him the eternal good being.
2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth wants to destroy Osiris because of jealousy, he was jealous because everyone liked Osiris and not him so he pushed him in a trunk and threw him to a river.
3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She asks the Queen of Byblos to recover her husbands body.
4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
It made Egyptians believe in the after life.
5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
I think it's Isis, Osiris, and Seth. Osiris was a caring person, Isis loved Osiris, and Seth could show Osiris that he could be a pharoe.


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Better late then never

Post  Brandon H. on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:20 pm

These are may Answers to the response questions.

(It was awkward when I looked up in a dictionary, what a phallus was...) Shocked

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the ruler ship of Osiris?
Everyone basked in the awesome of Osiris and his gifts of power and construction.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth wants to not only kill his brother, but make him forever in pain and humiliation, so he mutalated his body, into 14 pieces, which he spread throughout the land

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She mourns, and trys to receive the pieces of her enfamouse husband, to give him a proper barrial.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
Osiris' death marked a time when he became the god of the afterlife, he decides who id true enough for imortality, this also marked when seth became the symbol of evil

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?
Osiris is the one with bandages,These are all types of gods.


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Better late than never indeed

Post  Brock M. Hay on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:59 pm


Answers: 1How was life with Osiris as the ruler?

The people were happy because Osiris taught them how to farm and domesticate and made the food abundant for them, they also had a lot of fermented water (whine).

2 How did Seth kill Osiris? And why does he do it?

Seth killed Osiris by locking him in a trunk and pushing him in the Nile out of jelousy from Osiris's worship. Seth wanted to be the pharoh and get himself in the spotlight for once.

3How does Isis react to the death of Osiris?

Isis is very depressed and sad because Osiris was not given a proper burial, in fact chopping him in four pieces is ten times worse than the modern teabag people do in online gaming to mock your dead player.

4 What impact did the death of Osiris give to the people of Egypt and their beliefs??

That was the birth of his new position of afterlife god. As in he decides when a person dies weather he goes to heaven or hell, if his soul is worthy.

5 What can you identify and tell about the pictures and symbols within this article?

Its obviously Osiris, Set, and Isis. I can conclude that Isis is protecting Osiris maybe like protecting his soul. And Seth is trying to deceive them for his greed to gain power.

I truly think in my opinion that the acts of Seth were savage and extremely uncalled for, and that is why he is symbolized as the villanous god. So guys, do you think it was called for?

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Post  JeremyM on Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:02 pm


1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris?
it is under control and it had a "chill" affect and everybody was satisfied with osiris as pharaoh.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
He wants to destroy osiris because he is jealouse of how osiris became a pharaoh instead of seth. He chops osiris up in 14 pieces and scatters him accros egypt.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She is calm and goes out to seek him and bring him back to life by a prayer.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
It gave them the reaction of how gods can be brought back to life if done in the right form.

5. Can you identify the three figures in the artwork pictured below the myth? What symbols do you see in the artwork, and what do they tell you about the personalities of the three figures?

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