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p. 1137. Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osirislocked

  • Ian Shaw


Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, is one of the earliest in the Egyptian pantheon, probably starting off as a fertility god linked with agriculture, and maybe even also the Nile ‘inudation’. ‘Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris’ considers the 1st-Dynasty tomb at Abydos and its significance to the cult of Osiris and Egyptian attitudes to the dead. The combination of Osiris' association with fertility and death almost inevitably ensured that he became the ultimate god of resurrection. It became essential for the mummified body to be associated with Osiris in order to gain eternal life.

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