Gods of Egypt - Osiris

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God Osiris was god of dead and posthumous life as well as rebirth and crop god. He was depicted as an mummified human, he often held a crutch, quirts and his head was decorated with atef crown. His skin could be green (fertility), black (black Nile alluvion) or white (linen bandage colour on mummies).

Pillar Djed was one of his attributes, stability symbol, which equaled his spine and he was worshipped especially in his cult center Busiris in Nile delta. However his main cult centre was legendary funerary place Abydos, where he was worshipped together with his sister and wife Isis and son Horus. Osiris was a member of significant Heliopolitan Ennead, which apperead in pyramid texts from Old Kingdom period for the first time - more precisely in 5. dynasty times.

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Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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