Mythical Tomb Of Osiris, God Of The Dead, Discovered In Egypt

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Tomb with Pyramid Entranceway Discovered in Egypt (Representational Image)
Tomb with Pyramid Entranceway Discovered in Egypt (Representational Image) Reuters

The amazing discovery was headed by a team of Spanish-Italian archeologists with the help of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The ancient tomb was found in a large ancient cemetery of Sheikh Abdel-Quma on the West Bank at Thebes. The complex had a shaft that connects to multiple chambers, including morbid monuments of demons holding knives.

In addition, Egyptologists Milagros Alvarez Sosa of Spain and Irene Morfini of Italy, who discovered the tomb had also been studying the nearby tomb of Min (a tutor to the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, who ruled from 1427-1401 BC.). The archaeologists said that the neighboring tomb of Osiris was discovered since 1887 but has never been properly examined nor documented. This was due to the lack of technology like colour photography and other modern recording techniques.   

According to Gizmodo, the discovery serves as a replica of the Tomb of Osiris and as described, the tomb features statues of demons holding knives and an emerald-skinned statue of Osiris, which was found sitting in a central vaulted chapel facing a staircase with a 9-meter shaft in it. It looks more of a maze as the shaft connects to another room with a second shaft that goes down for 19.6 feet or roughly 6 meters into two rooms. 

All the elements of the discovered replica perfectly describe the mythical Osiris tomb. It includes the big 3.5 meters staircase with a four-meter high ceiling at the bottom which leads to the Netherworld and another one which leads directly to Osiris' statue. The monument is found at a higher level and appears to be alone on this location plus a burial chamber right below the statue.

The myth about Osiris, which is the ancient Egyptian god of the dead and ruler of the underworld, is considered as one of the most prominent tales to come out of Egypt. The stories surrounding this figure come in different and complex versions. According to Egyptian Myths, Osiris was also dubbed as the god of Earth and vegetation because after his death a severe drought came to Egypt and his rebirth caused the over-flow of the River Nile which saved men from the deadly drought resulting to the abundance of grain. Based on the myths, Osiris saved Egypt's civilisation.

He was also known as the god of immortality as he was supposed to judge the dead and he only allows those who have spent their lives with moral worth  to enter afterlife while others were judged to go to the underworld instead. As mentioned, he was also seen as a god of regeneration and rebirth and has held various roles according to myths. Osiris was described as a bearded and mummified figure with green skin and one who wears an atef (a feathered white crown) with hands that hold a flail and a crook.

Finally, there is no information on the exact date when the mythical tomb was created. However, some researchers believe that this valuable archaeological find can date back from up to the 25th dynasty (760 - 656 BC) or 26th dynasty (672 - 525 BC). The said theory was based on a comparison to similar tombs that also has Osirian elements.

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