Where Do You Go With a Herd of Mules?

Posted: September 12, 2014 in Articles
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During the Second Dynasty of Egypt, Egyptians worshipped Osiris as the god of the underworld and Horus, Osiris’ son, as the god of the living. It wasn’t always this way though. In the First Dynasty, Osiris was the god of the living but his brother Set, who was jealous of Osiris’ power, drowned him in the Nile. Osiris had a sister (who was also his wife) named Isis who went looking for Osiris. She found his body and was able to revive him long enough to become pregnant. Then Osiris died and became the god of the underworld.

During Osiris’ life as the god of the living, he went across the sky during the daytime in a boat. His power was always visible. He was the king of the sun, moon, and stars. And because Osiris travelled across the sky in a boat, the First Dynasty kings had fleets of boats buried next to them. The Egyptians thought that the First Dynasty kings would join Osiris in his passage across the sky.

Interestingly enough, buried beside one of the First Dynasty king’s grave were not boats, but a herd of sacrificial mules. Well, he obviously wouldn’t be going across the sky with Osiris, so where do you think he was going to go with the mules? Too bad we don’t have the answers to mysteries from the distant past.

Someone could make some great movies about the ancient Egyptian gods as they lived very interesting and colorful lives. They’ve done a lot of the superhero comics, why not Egyptian gods?

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