Valley of the Kings East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Tutankhamen
The god Ausar (Osiris) was the central deity in ancient Egyptian mortuary rituals. In Egyptian mythology he is ruler of the Underworld and associated with resurrection. Ausar is also associated with agricultural renewal. He is depicted as a man wrapped in white mummy bandages and holding the crook and the flail, both symbols of kingship. He is also wearing the White Crown a symbol of the South.
According to Egyptian mythology, Ausar was murdered by his brother Seth then brought back to life by the love of his sister and wife, Auset (Isis). This myth describes the forces of destruction that initiated the process of mummification. The love of Auset is symbolic of regeneration and the promise of eternal life. The cycle of destruction, death and rebirth was repeated each year in the annual flood of the Nile, the river that provided the essential ingredients needed to sustain life, giving birth to one of the first civilizations.
Ausar (Osiris) and Auset (Isis) had a son named Heru (Horus). Together they represent a holy family: god, goddess and divine child. In the New Kingdom, the main temples throughout Egypt venerated a holy family modelled on the Ausar, Auset and Heru triad.
Part of the Book of the Dead from the tomb of a scribe called Nebqed from the 18th Dynasty.
Housed in the Louvre Museum
This story predate Judaism by over 1000 years and it can still be seen written on ancient temple walls and on papyrus. These storys today raise the question;
"Did the early Israelites, Christians & Muslims really just copy their religious teachings from ancient Kemetians (Egyptian) texts?"