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n. Mythology
The ancient Egyptian god whose annual death and resurrection personified the self-renewing vitality and fertility of nature.

[Latin Osīris, from Greek, from Egyptian wsjr, perhaps originally js-jrt, seat of the eye (of the sun) : js-, akin to jst, seat + jrt, eye.]


(Non-European Myth & Legend) an ancient Egyptian god, ruler of the underworld and judge of the dead
Oˈsirian adj


(oʊˈsaɪ rɪs)

the Egyptian god and judge of the dead, husband and brother of Isis.
O•si′ri•an (-ri ən) adj.
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I describe my creative process as Osirian, as both destruction and construction are utilized over the course of creating the work.
Thus, the claimed monotheism of the traditional faith of the Bakongo (the Kongo people) and the demonstration of the existence of monotheistic features in the theism of this African religion will allow me to judge, by a comparative study, the existence or not of monotheism in ancient Egypt, later I will justify the consistency of my claims about the Osirian religion through their agreement with some historical evidences.
Based on other tombs that contain comparable Osirian artifacts researchers are able to date the newly discovered tomb back to the 25th or 26th dynasty, 760-656 BCE and 672-525 BCE respectively.
He further argues that the passion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ is linked conceptually to Osirian and other traditions in the Ancient world.
AT OSIMS (Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, November 13, 2013) In full masked regalia, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, with its founder Adkins as the Reconstruction-era African American senator Blanche Bruce, muscled through an overflow crowd into the Studio Museum's performance space to create a cornucopian celebration with recitations from Osirian texts, a signature "activation" of the sculptures of the much-missed Adkins, who passed away last February.
The temples were in the name of Isis or Sarapis, but an Osirian element was present in all the ceremonies.
To combat the continuing influence of the Osirian religion, Set develops a competing spiritudlity, devoted to worship of the sun's flaming disc, or Aton--hence Atonism.
For centuries, a physical pillar was righted in rituals designed to assert Osiris's resurrection to life as part of the Osirian mysteries.
to maintain his earlier power as an Osirian king of fertility and
I intended to find out from him where he had encountered the enigmatic Osirian figure, the Beautyful One, if indeed that was the inspiration for his slogan.
18) In his recent monograph on Osirian solar Theology in the New Kingdom, Jan Assmann indicates that some Egyptian scholars now recognize the need for just such a supra-ordinate concept, i.
A striking example is offered by Ring (1987), in which he suggests that the Osirian temple rites of ancient Egypt may have involved ceremonial procedures deliberately calculated to induce a near-death experience.