Archeologists have just uncovered the copy of the mythical Luxor’s Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, at another archeological site in Egypt.
The tomb complex contains multiple shafts and chambers, a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives as described by Egyptian legend.
A Spanish-Italo-Egyptian archaeological team, has made an incredible discovery in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Egypt.
They have indeed unearthed an enormous ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris, complete as shown in the following graph:
The necropolis contains all important features the features of the tomb of Osiris. Researchers believe the tomb complex dates back to the 25th dynasty (760 – 656 BC) or 26th dynasty (672 – 525 BC), based on a comparison to similar tombs that contain Osirian elements.
The tomb complex consists of a large hall supported by five pillars. A staircase leads from the north wall of the main room down to the funerary complex, where a statue of Osiris, Egyptian god of the dead, sits in the middle of a central vaulted temple.
To the west of the central temple is a funerary room with the reliefs of demons holding knives. Demons are there to protect the body of the deceased.
Opposite the statue of Osiris is a staircase with a 29.5 foot (9 meter) shaft leading to another chamber. Inside this chamber is a second shaft that descends 19.6 feet (6 meters) into two more rooms, which are currently full of debris.
This is the exact but ancient reporduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris at Luxor, but in Sheikh Abd el-Gourna, inside the unpublished tomb of Kampp -327-f.
Archeological discovery of Osiris tomb complex
Part of the tomb was initially discovered by archaeologist Philippe Virey in the 1880s and some attempts were made to sketch out the main structure in the 20th century. However, it was not until recently that the full extent of the structure was discovered through excavations. The funerary complex will continue to be explored and the chambers cleared of debris in the Autumn of this year.
Legend of Osiris
According to Egyptian mythology, Osiris, god of the underworld, was killed by Set, god of storms, disorder and violence, who shut Osiris in a coffin and threw it in the Nile river. After his body was recovered by Isis, Set tore his body into pieces and threw them back into the river. Isis collected all the pieces and bandaged the body together. This form of Osiris traveled to the underworld in a boat and became god of the dead.
The only body part Isis could not locate was the phallus, as it had been eaten by catfish. Isis created a golden phallus and briefly brought Osiris back to life with a spell, which gave her enough time to become pregnant by Osiris before he returned to death. Isis later gave birth to Horus, who became seen as a representation of new beginnings and the destroyer of the evil Set.
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