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Osiris - A real Pharaoh?

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« on: August 22, 2015, 01:26:20 am »

The Egyptians were ambiguous about these things sometimes, but there is a difference between their mythology and their royal annals. Osiris does not appear in the latter but is known in the former, suggesting that he belonged to the realm of religion and ritual. His mythology is already pretty well developed by the time he first appears late in Dynasty 5, but at that early point he was not quite yet the ruler of the underworld. The hierarchical structure of deities as depicted in private tombs late in Dynasty 5 suggests underworld deities like Anubis, and including the current reigning king, held primacy before Osiris. The situation is not entirely clear but Osiris probably did not secure his place as ruler of the underworld till some time in the First Intermediate Period.

All this is to say, while we can trace the development of Osiris as a god, we have no evidence to tell us he was an actual, living man at some point.
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