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Osiris - A real Pharaoh?

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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2015, 02:28:29 am »

Almost none of the myths pertaining to Osiris with which modern laypeople are familiar, existed in the earlier periods of pharaonic history. The cult of Osiris did not truly begin to develop until some time in the First Intermediate Period. It had largely matured, although not fully, by Dynasty 12 in the Middle Kingdom. Even when Osiris first appears in detail, in the Pyramid Texts at the end of Dynasty 5, he is sketchily presented at best.

Atum and Ra go back to the predynstic period, as does Min. This is one example where archaeology meshes perfectly with the ancient mythology—Atum was the first god (according to the Heliopolis cult). Atum is an aspect of Re. Obviously Ra came first because Osiris originated from his line—in the mythology. I keep stressing that because cults and myths were different in certain important centers in ancient Egypt. In truth, by all appearances, Osiris arose in the south, but by that time Ra had already been in the pantheon for centuries.

There is no evidence at any point in the predynastic period that a chieftain named Osiris existed.
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