posted on Feb, 16 2007 @ 11:49 PM
From what I can remember of the myth:
Osiris' assassination was set up to take place at a dinner in his
honor, by (in the version I read) his brother Set, who then
tricked Osiris into a coffin specially to trap him inside.
Set and his accomplices then tossed the coffin into the Nile. Isis
realized, after a time, that her husband/brother was missing and
somehow got word of Sets' treachery, and when insearch of Osiris.
She found his coffin in the reeds, and pulled it ashore, and found that
he was near death. She used a healing spell on him that would put
him to sleep 'til he was sufficiently healed. and concealed him and
the coffin within a Sycamore tree.
Well, one day, Set was out for a walk, and came upon a curious
looking tree. Upon closer examination, he was stunned to find the
coffin with his brother sleeping inside. Looking around and seeing
noone, he smashed the coffin and hacked his brother to pieces.
Taking the pieces, he scattered them throughout the land, and
proceeded to make himself scarce.
Isis came back to check on Osiris, only to find the pieces of his coffin,
and she wept, not know hat had become of him or where to look.
She called their son, Horus the Younger, to her; and they made a plan
to get the information from the Prime Suspect, Set. So while Isis
prepared for the search, Horus when to Set, to seduce the
information out of him. To a point. Set told him what he had done.
Horus acted as if he was submitting himself to Set, then just before
penetration, quickly turned and castrated Set, penis and testicles, to
avenge his father. He then left Set there, and went to his mother
with the information that he had learned, and help her with the
They went about the land and found 13 of the 14 pieces, and put him
together, sans penis and testicles. Which had been eaten by an
Oxyrhynchus fish, who refused to return them.
Without these vital pieces osiris could not be fully re surrected, for in
life he was a God of fertility and vegetation. But he could be
partially resurrected in the Duat as a Judge of the Dead.
And that, as far as I can remember, is one fo the versions of the Ennead (Heliopolitan) myth of the death of Osiris. It's been a few years.