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Cult of Osiris, Ancient Egypt 6000-5000 B.C.E.

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Technology

Our technologies included all of those that defined Ancient Egypt, which included techniques of architecture, irrigation, transportation, and travel on the water. Our main technologies revolved around medicine, agriculture, and daily events of life, such as grooming. For the most part, however, we depended on the fertility of the Nile river banks and the resources that we reaped from its fertility. As a result we engaged actively with trans-continental trade as well as local trade.

Culture

As followers of Osiris, we presented a more extreme take on morality with reference to religion in Ancient Egypt. While the god Osiris was already worshipped as a major god, we emphasized his control over the judgment of souls and related his judgment directly to his agricultural importance, which reflected our agrarian lifestyle and the fact that our culture depended on growing and cultivating food.

Religion

The reason that we attracted strong popular interest was because of the fact that we blew up the original myth where Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, gathered up in pieces by his devoted wife Isis, and then revived from the dead as a god of the underworld. His death and resurrection symbolized the similar flooding patterns of the Nile and so the fact that our cult emphasized associations to him as a representation of our agricultural productivity appealed greatly to the public. In our attempt at honoring him, we encouraged people to develop high moral standards and promised that followers would be granted the gift of immortality and eternal reward when Osiris judged them in the underworld. At the same time, our cult claimed that those who were wicked or guilt-ridden would not gain immortality when their hearts were weighed against the feather of justice.

Blog

Blog 1: 6000 B.C.E.
Our cult impacted the way in which Egyptians approached life by encouraging them to weigh their actions with the threat of dying unhappily and the simultaneous promise of becoming immortal. Previous to our establishment, Egyptian polytheism did not emphasize morality or the idea of punishment and reward. We may have been one of the first religious cults to focus religious following around an idea of salvation in the form of immortality and happiness in the afterlife.
Blog 2: 6000 B.C.E.
We didn't face any opposition. Despite the fact that we were revering one god over many others accepted gods, we were revered for giving Osiris the credit most Egyptians apparently thought he deserved. That's a good thing for us, but the Pharaoh would not have cared either way. A concrete religion wasn't mandatory in Egypt, so forming a cult did not pose a threat to the Pharaoh's power and we were allowed to resume our practices without being overthrown.
Blog 3: 6000 B.C.E.
Prior to us, Egyptian only viewed the afterlife as a realm consisting of many gods and goddesses without considering that one god may have a significant level of importance over others. While we were definitely not the first peoples to create a form of monotheism, we were the first people in Egypt to suggest it indirectly. In the long run, our contribution in one of the world's most ancient and complex societies may have impacted the development of other monotheistic societies.

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Bibliography:

Bentley, Jerry H. and Ziegler, Herbert F, Traditions and encounters: A global perspective on the past, Published by McGraw Hill, Copyright 2006,2003,2000
James, Joan L, Egyptian Gods, copyright 2006, www.kenseamedia.com/.../ images/osiris_color.jpg
University of Ottowa,last updated 5/17/07, www.site.uottawa.ca/ ~relias/images/egypt-map.gif
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