Osiris: Death and Afterlife of a God
Osiris, ruler of the netherworld, played a central part in thereligious life of the ancient Egyptians, and his cult grew inpopularity down the ages, resonating in all the cultures of theancient Mediterranean. This is the first book to tell the story ofthe cult of Osiris from beginning to end. Drawing together thenumerous records about Osiris from the third millennium BC to theRoman conquest of Egypt, Bojana Mojsov sketches the development ofthe cult throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history.
The author proves that the cult of Osiris was the most popularand enduring in any ancient religion. She shows how it provideddirect antecedents for many ideas, traits, and customs inChristianity, including the resurrection after three days, theconcept of god as trinity, baptism in the sacred river, and thesacrament of the Eucharist. She also reveals the cult’sinfluence on other Western mystical traditions and groups, such asthe Alchemists, Rosicrucians, and Freemasons.