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Where is the King of the Two Lands? The End of Belief in the Osirian Afterlife

Mark Smith

in Following Osiris: Perspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199582228
eISBN:
9780191747458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter investigates how and when belief in Osiris and the Osirian afterlife came to an end in Egypt. Four different places are employed as case studies to examine this problem: the Akhmim ... More


Prelude to Osiris I: Conceptions of the Afterlife in Prehistoric and Predynastic Egypt

Mark Smith

in Following Osiris: Perspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199582228
eISBN:
9780191747458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter surveys the evidence for afterlife beliefs in prehistoric and predynastic Egypt, prior to the earliest attestation of Osiris. It also explores two further questions: (1) is it possible ... More


Following Osiris: Perspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia

Mark Smith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199582228
eISBN:
9780191747458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Ancient History / Archaeology

Osiris, god of the dead, was one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates to the fifth dynasty (c.2494–2345 BC). He continued to be ... More


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