The god Osiris was the lord of the Underworld in Ancient Egyptian religion. Technically, this made him the Ancient Egyptian “Grim Reaper”.
A Spanish-Italian archaeology team in Egypt has found an ancient reproduction of the existing legendary Tomb of Osiris, in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes. The one they already know about was discovered 100 feet below the famous Sphinx in Giza.
It is thought that the symbolic burial site was used in rituals to connect the god of the afterlife and the vast powers of reincarnation with the pharaohs.
Researchers believe the tomb dates back to the 25th dynasty (760 – 656 BC) or 26th dynasty (672 – 525 BC), based on a comparison to similar tombs that contain Osirian elements.
The tomb complex is huge and has multiple levels with chambers and shafts including a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives. It also has a massive hall supported by five pillars and a staircase leading down to the funerary complex which is where the carvings of Osiris is. The reliefs of the demon with knives were placed in the funerary room for protection of the deceased body.
Osiris had huge importance and significance in Ancient Egypt thousands of years before Jesus was thought to have been born in Bethlehem. He and his wife Isis were the equivalent of Adam and Eve in Christianity and were thought to be the architects of the human race.
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