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Egyptian exhibition “Sunken cities” submerged by visitors The British Museum, London – part two.

(Following from part one)

Statue of Arsinoe, Canopus, Aboukir Bay, Egypt © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation - Ph. Christoph Gerigk, co. British Museum.

Statue of Arsinoe, Canopus, Aboukir Bay, Egypt © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation – Ph. Christoph Gerigk, co. British Museum.

The following room, ‘Osiris: from myth to festival’, focused on the Mysteries of Osiris, the most enigmatic of ancient religious ceremonies. The Osiris myth is the most elaborate and influential story in ancient Egyptian mythology. One of the most important and popular gods in ancient Egypt, he was the ruler of the underworld. Osiris with his sister-wife Isis, and their son Horus, formed a sacred family worshipped across Egypt and beyond.

The sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb begot Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Isis, goddess of love, loved Osiris since they were together in the womb. After birth, the two gods became pharaohs and civilised the world, while Seth and Nephthys got married together. One day Osiris was drunk and got Nephthys pregnant, so Seth decided to kill his brother. To cut a long story short, Isis could find the dead body of Osiris and got pregnant of him, generating Horus, who will kill his uncle Seth and then will become pharaoh.

Egyptians rarely wrote down the story of a sinister murder, because they believed that the magic contained in images and text could make it happen again. However, the story of Osiris was recorded by Greek historian Plutarch.

The Egyptian mythology starts from the god Atum, proceeded to his children Tefnut and Shu, who gave birth to Geb and Nut.

The following area, “Procession of the Nile”, focused on the annual celebration of the Mysteries of Osiris in Thonis- Heracleion and Canopus. The highlights of the event were two ritual processions. There is information about who were the most popular gods and the festivals dedicated to them.

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