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Osiris as the god of death vegetation and fertility became an increasingly prominent figure in the lives of the Egyptian people and became core to their concepts of immortality and life after death Osiris was depicted in human form clad in mummies wrappings The fact that he takes human form allows the Egyptian people to identify with him much more easily thus allowing the supposed transformation into him more readily accepted The mummys wrappings are a result of his death and eventual resurrection He also holds a crook and flail symbolizing power and was often depicted with green skin alluding to his role as a god of vegetation As a deity Osiris was originally very passive and of relatively little importance It was even believed he wasnt even able to speak out for himself against the other gods until the 9th or 10th dynasty However as burials and funeral rites became paramount in Egyptian culture he naturally became the supreme god of Egypt It is evident that as he became a more and more celebrated figure as generations passed different Gods became more or less popular he began to absorb the attributes of the less important deities It is because of the huge emphasis and belief in life after death and Osiriss rule over it that compounded his importance They believed that if the body was preserved in a mummified state with enough food and equipment to survive and providing they had lived a good and honorable life they would live forever in the underworld By the 18th dynasty he had become so powerful and popular that he was the equal of Ra the sun god this is evident in the transformation in the spelling of his name in the late dynastic period The original spelling was a throne symbol and an eye symbol although the exact meaning of this combination of symbols is unknown it is believed that the first syllable was pronounced US
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