Extra Credit: Osiris Myth

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Extra Credit: Osiris Myth

Post  Mr. Fisher on Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:07 am

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

*Potential 5 classwork points extra credit for a job well done*

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 as king of the dead. 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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question 1

Post  lorenzo ch. on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:04 pm

life in egypt used to be really wealthy and peaceful un the ruler ship of osiris

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Post  lorenzo ch. on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:06 pm

2:seth was jelous of osiris because osiris had all the rulership of egypt. seth destroy osiris by outing him in a coffin and let him flow down the nile



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questions one and two

Post  CicelyS on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:09 pm

1) Egypt under the rule of Osiris was good. He cared for his people and his land. His people loved him back. Egypt was getting everything it needed: money, food, etc. Osiris was almost the perfect king.

2) Seth wants to destroy Osiris because he wants to be king. He is evil and wants all the land for himself. He was being selfish. Eventhough he would most likely be a bad ruler. He went about destroying Osiris like so: He asked him to look in the trunk and then pushed him in and locked the trunk. He then put it in the river. Even when his wife found the trunk and tried to save him and stayed with him and wanted to do a proper burial, Seth found Osiris wife while sleeping and took Osiris's body from her and cut it into pieces and scattered it around the continent.
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Re: Extra Credit: Osiris Myth

Post  CicelyS on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:13 pm

3.How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
She is distraught and collects the pieces she finds and mummifies them with the help of her sister in order to give him some sort of proper ceremony that he deserves. She also revives him for a little while and they produce a son.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
It introduced the belief that Mummification would take a body to it's next 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 is Isis with the wings, protecting Osiris, or her son, who looks like a confident ruler, and someone is talking to them, most likely Seth.
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Post  JasmineW on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:24 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the rulership of Osiris? Osiris was a generous man and he gave the world agriculture and everyone was so grateful for his wellbeings. Life in Egypt was really good and happy under his rulership.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this? Seth wants to destory Osiris because he is jealous of his brother. The people loved Osiris more and he didnt like that. Therefore, Seth had gotten a gold coffin built especially in the size of his brother Osiris and he told the people, "Whoever fits in this coffin, it will be theirs." And of course, Osiris was the exact size of the coffin and when he tried it out, Seth locked him up in there and he threw the doffin into the Nile River.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband? Isis takes his body and recovers it.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs? it brought in mummification because it would take his body into his next and better 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? Isis is covering Osiris with her wings to protect him from Seth and the other person is probably Seth.
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Post  Vasilisa on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:31 pm

1) Geb ordained for Osaris to rule, Osaris was the son of Geb.
2) Seth wants to be the king, and he told Osaris about the best coffin and told him to try it. Osaris tried it but then Seth closed it and threw it into Meddetirean Sea. This is how he got rid of Osaris.
3) She wanted to burry him as he should have since he was a really good king.SHe went on the trip with her sister, she went all along the Mediterean Sea and took her months.
4) It made them to start to bilief that mummufication would take them to the next life.
5) It shows Seth, Osaris, and his wife. Isis is protecting Osiris from Seth with her wings.

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Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:31 pm

1. At the beginning of the myth, what is life like in Egypt under the ruler ship of Osiris?
At the beginning of the myth, was the time of Osiris’s ruler ship, everyone seemed happy and filled with love. They were so pleased of having him as a ruler that they idolized him which led to the jealousy of his brother.

2. Why does Seth want to destroy Osiris? How does he accomplish this?
Seth was so jealous of his brother because of all the love that the people gave him that he decided that he was fed up and decided to do something about it. He pushed his brother in a trunk and locked him in it. He then placed the trunk in the Nile River in which floated to the Mediterrean. The tree than grew big and enwrapped Osiris’s body inside it. That was when the King of Byblos ordered the tree to be cut down to be used to build a palace and the body was discovered.

3. How does Osiris' wife Isis react to the death of her husband?
The wife, also known as Isis, asked for the help of Queen Byblos and reclaims the body. That is when the brother finds out, takes the body, chops it in small pieces and scattered them all around the Two Lands. However, this did not stop the wife, with the help of her sister Nepthys and the god Anubis, they found the body and glued him back together. That was when Isis placed her body next to his, wafting breath into the god, inserted seeds into her and conceived their son Horus.

4. What impact did Osiris' death have on Egyptian beliefs?
The death of this god gave them their new god of the son, and the god of the netherworld. There he would rule forever and ever.

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 body at the complete right that has wings, is the wife Isis that is protecting and giving breath to their husband Osiris. Osiris is the man in the wings of his wife. The man at the complete left is handing them their baby that was just conceived.
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Post  lorenzo ch. on Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:24 pm

3: isis took it hard because osiris was a god to all the Egyptians.

4: osiris' death made the egyptians believe that he became god of the dead.

5:the one with wings is isis protecting his son horus And the other one i think was attacking the egyptians

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