Osiris Festivals

God Osiris
The Osiris festivals were the religious celebrations held  throughout  Egypt  to  honor  the  deity  Osiris,  especially in the cult center of Abydos. The seasonal cycles of life were mirrored in these feasts, as nature was personified in the death and resurrection of the god. The annual mysteries of osiris and isis, a form of passion play, was the most popular observance. A festival held in November,  according  to  the  modern  calendar,  was  designed  to "Behold the Beauty of the Lord." This was celebrated on the 17th to the 20th of Athyr (November 14–17) and was at times Egypt’s most well attended observance.

Another  festival,  called  “the  Fall of the Nile,” observed the receding waters of the rivers and was a time of  mourning  for  Osiris.  The  Nile  represented  Osiris’ capacity to renew the earth and restore life to the nation. In  modern  May,  on  the  19th  of  Pakhons,  the  Egyptians returned to the river with small shrines containing metal (sometimes  gold)  vessels.  They  poured  water  into  the Nile,  crying  out:  “Osiris  Is  Found.”  Other  shrines  were cast  adrift  into  the  Nile.  Mud  and  spices  were  also molded into shapes to honor Osiris’s return.

This festival was similar to “the Night of the Tear” in modern  June.  The  festival  honoring  an  Osirian  symbol, the  djed or  djet pillar,  was  held  on  the  modern  January 19. The pillars were raised up to welcome Osiris and the coming harvests. The pharaoh and his court participated in this festival. The queens and their retinues sang hymns for the occasion.

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Djehutynakht is trusted to have been a Governor of Hermopolis in Egypt's Middle Kingdom period about the late 11th to early 12th dynasty. He and his unnamed wife was buried in tomb 10a at an area known as Deir el-Bersha along with the greatest collecting of funerary models ever discovered in Egypt such as 55 model boats for the tomb possessors to enjoy in the afterlife.

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