Osiris: Egyptian God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead

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Osiris was known as the King of the Living and the Eternal Lord since he was the first god born after the universe was created, and then later he was known as the god of the underworld and the Lord of the Dead. He was one of the five first gods born in the Egyptian Pantheon after the creation of the universe and was considered the first king of Egypt. He was the god of fertility, the afterlife, the dead and resurrection, and in death, the kings of Egypt were associated with Osiris, the lord of the underworld.

Osiris is often depicted with green or black skin to symbolise both decay in death and rebirth as evidenced by the fertile banks of the Nile and regeneration of the land. The succession to the throne from father to son as exemplified in the story of Osiris and Horus informed the policy of divine kingship in Ancient Egyptian society where the son of the king was associated with Horus and the deceased king with Osiris.

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, April 13). Osiris: Egyptian God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2449/osiris-egyptian-god-of-the-underworld-and-judge-of/

Chicago Style

Macquire, Kelly. "Osiris: Egyptian God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 13, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2449/osiris-egyptian-god-of-the-underworld-and-judge-of/.

MLA Style

Macquire, Kelly. "Osiris: Egyptian God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Apr 2021. Web. 22 Sep 2021.