Osiris, Egyptian God of the Afterlife

Osiris, Egyptian God of the Afterlife


Introduction: I love mythology and the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses intrigue me. I hope you enjoy this poem about Osiris. In ancient times Osiris was worshiped by all. The poem is based on his legend and hymns the people of ancient Egypt sang.

Osiris, god of the afterlife and lord of the dead,
Your bright green skin a sign of resurrection and rebirth,
White Atef crown with two large Ostrich feathers upon your head,
Sometimes depicted with black skin for the Nile’s fertile earth,
The people and all the gods to thee do they adoreth,
Your soul is known powerful and is always in good stead.
A hymn people and gods sing, Hail Osiris to thee,
Thy glorious power will rule for all eternity.

Called lord of creation when you were born,
King you were, brother Set would delay you,
He conspired and from life you were torn,
Sealed in a chest, thrown in the Nile,
Leaving Isis alone and so forlorn,
When Set and conspirators did slay you,
Isis, your beloved, your sister-wife
Bitterly mourned the sad loss of your life.

Your cruel death inflicted by evil Set,
Was told to Isis by Pans and Satyrs.
Her union with your dead body beget
Your son Horus, he after many years
Did battle with evil murderer Set
And victor was Horus of no fears.
Legend of your story was unfurled
And you became King of the Underworld.

Afterlife’s merciful judge of the dead,
You bestow new life upon each good soul,
And like you, good souls are resurrected,
With transition life continues to flow,
As rebirth in the afterlife with no dread
Of sorrows or struggles from life before.
Stars bow to earth in adoration of thee,
The world gives praise to thy majesty.

© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Osiris, Egyptian God of the Afterlife

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:32 AM

    Fascinating subject; I love Egyptology and only last night started another series on this very subject; which many unknown facts have been revealed about things like the chambers in all the pyramids (13) were technically tuned to resonate with distinct frequencies, also chambers clad with stones that also resonated to this sound energy. Also many unrecognized antiquities demonstrate machine tooling and technologies far ahead of ours. Did you know that Horus was the first in history to replicate what is written about Jesus, his life mirrored exactly. There are some twenty deities written in various cultures that mirror exactly Jesus life, some before its supposed timeline. Raises many questions. great work Phyllis.

    • April 4, 2017 at 1:09 AM

      Are you going to write about this series, Tony? I would love to read it and learn more. This is so exciting. I can never remember that Egyptology archaeologist I love to read and watch on documentaries. He is so knowledgeable on the subject. I hope you share more information with me on this.

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:54 AM

    Thank you, Tony. Yes, it is a fascinating subject and I am very intrigued in the research you are doing. I knew about some advanced technologies, like the battery found in an ancient Egyptian tomb, but I do not know enough about Horus yet, so it is surprising he was the first to replicate the writings about Jesus – that does raise questions, The sound chambers are amazing. Thanks for sharing that information. I believe there is a lot more in Egyptology than what has already been found.

  • April 5, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Mythology always peaks my fancy. I love reading about the slew of gods that many different cultures bow and pray to. How completely different and interesting each and every one of them are. Always a big fan of Egyptian lore. Good piece on Osiris, Phyllis. Tony’s comment about sound resonation was intersting as well. Thank you for sharing. ~Paul

    • April 5, 2017 at 9:18 AM

      Thank you so much, Paul. I love mythology and have studied the different cultures for years. Tony’s comment really intrigued me and sent me back to picking up on my studies. I am so glad you also love mythology. Some of it can be fairly complex, but that is the beauty of it. Thanks again, dear poet.

  • December 18, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    What is this poem exactly symbolizing and what does it mean?


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