View Full Version : Asar/Wesir [Osiris] {God of the Week}

November 8th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Keeping with the starting theme of Kemetic Gods here is Osiris. He had like no threads from what I saw. I'm a little suprised as he is one of the most known Kemetic Gods. [don't worry, they won't all be Kemetic]


Osiris was primarily and originally a God of agriculture and vegetation, depicted with a green face to represent fertility. He closely associated with his wife, Isis, and together they ruled over similar aspects of Egyptian life: agriculture and grains, weaving and spinning, justice, civilization and religion. His images show him frequently carrying a crook and a flail, and wearing the tall white crown of Upper Egypt.
After he was killed by Set, and resurrected by Isis, Osiris became the God of the Underworld as well. With his death and rebirth, Osiris is identified as one of the 'Dying Gods' so common to religions and myths around the world. After death, a person's soul would come before Osiris to be judged and weighed against the feather of Ma'at (justice). Though a symbol of life, Osiris also represented death and decay in his Underworld aspect.
His worship was wide-spread in Egypt and he was identified by more than 200 titles. The main center for the cult of Osiris was in Abydos in Upper Egypt. The myth of his resurrection was re-enacted every year there in a great festival. His rebirth is seen each year in the rising and flooding of the Nile, which brings life to the valley.
Like many of the central Egyptian Gods, Osiris was the son of Nut (sky) and Geb (earth), just like his sister Isis.

Osiris (Greek language, also Usiris; the Egyptian language name is variously spelled Asar, Aser, Ausar, or Ausare) is the Egyptian god of death and the underworld. The origin of Osiris' name is a mystery...
For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osiris

Symbols: crook and flail, djed, White and Atef Crowns, bull, mummified form, throne, Bennu (phoenix)
Cult Center: Abydos, Busiris and Heliopolis
Myths: "Isis and Osiris"
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.egyptianmyths.net/osiris.htm

A hymn to Osiris--
"Glory be to thee, Osiris Un-nefer, the great god who dwellest within Abtu (Abydos), thou king of eternity, thou lord of everlastingness, who passest through millions of years in the course of thine existence. Thou art the eldest son of the womb of Nut, and thou wast engendered by Seb, the Ancestor; thou art the lord of the crowns of the South and North, thou art the lord of the lofty white crown, and as prince of gods and men thou hast received the crook, and the whip, and the dignity of his divine fathers. Let thine heart, O Osiris, who art in the Mountain of Amentet, be content, for thy son Horus is stablished upon thy throne. Thou art crowned lord of Tettu (Mendes), and ruler in Abtu (Abydos). Through thee the world waxeth green in triumph before the might of Neb-er-tcher. He leadeth in his train that which is, and that which is not yet, in his name Ta-her-sta-nef; he toweth along the earth by Maat in his name of 'Seker'; he is exceedingly mighty and most terrible in his name 'Osiris'; he endureth for ever and for ever in his name of 'Un-nefer.'
Homage be to thee, O King of kings, Lord of lords, Ruler of princes, who from the womb of Nut hast ruled the world and the Underworld. Thy members are {like} bright and shining copper, thy head is blue {like} lapis-lazuli, and he greenness of the turquoise is on both sides of thee, O thou god An of millions of years, whose form and whose beauty of face are all-pervading in Ta-tchesert (i.e., the Underworld)."
From the Book of the Dead
More hyms can be found HERE (http://www.touregypt.net/osirhymn.htm)

The many epithets of Osiris can be seen in the Book of Going forth By Day, spell 142. Here is just a small selection:
Osiris of the Region of Life
Osiris, the Lord of Life
Presiding over the Harpoon
Presiding over the Houses
Osiris in the Southern and Northern Chapels (in Sais)
Osiris, the Creator of Millions
Osiris Dwelling in the Waste Land
Osiris in Bahbit
Osiris the Begetter
Osiris in the House of Re
Osiris the Many-faced

More infomation found here:
WORSHIP OF OSIRIS (http://www.touregypt.net/osirwor.htm)
FORMS OF OSIRIS (http://www.touregypt.net/osirform.htm)
FUNERAL OF OSIRIS (http://www.touregypt.net/osirfun.htm)
NAMES OF OSIRIS (http://www.touregypt.net/osirnam.htm)
Osiris (http://sobek.colorado.edu/LAB/GODS/osiris.html)
Pantheon.org's entry (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/o/osiris.html)
Osiris, God of death and rebirth (http://www.linsdomain.com/gods&goddesses/osiris.htm)
Osiris (http://www.philae.nu/akhet/NetjeruO.html) ---feast day, festival info and history
The Ennead of Heliopolis creation myth: part one (http://www.philae.nu/akhet/ennead1.html) and part two (http://www.philae.nu/akhet/ennead2.html)
Isis and Osiris (http://www.philae.nu/philae/IsisOsiris.html)
The story of Isis and Osiris (http://www.egyptianmyths.net/mythisis.htm) -- quite long
Legend of Isis and Osiris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_Osiris_and_Isis)
The Temple of Osiris and the Other Temples of Abydos
Kemet.org's entry (http://www.kemet.org/glossary/wesir.html)

November 8th, 2005, 03:45 PM
thank you Belle Terre, Osiris is one of the Gods I honor, and I like knowing more about the gods I honor.

November 8th, 2005, 03:48 PM
wow..thats a whole lot of info..Thanks so much! I was wondering..will you sticky all of these god and goddess of the days? Or maybe after you post alot make a sticky linking to them all..that would be great..and informative for people who don't see them now..:)

Darkwater Stone
November 8th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Osiris, not someone that i have worked with in particular, but a well respected and known god nontheless.
Good info Belle Terre. I do like to have a new little "God/goddess tidbit" for the day....These new daily posts are interesting....and soon to be addicting!

November 8th, 2005, 10:12 PM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you all enjoy it :)
I'm trying to do them every few days to give people time on each.

As for stickying them-- I add them as well as all new threads to the Reference thread in their areas. So for Selket and Osiris they'd be in Kemetic --> other.
It'll have {God/dess of the Day} in it's title as well.

November 9th, 2005, 01:42 AM
I like this thread!