Bojana Mojsov, Osiris: death and afterlife of a god [DRAFT]
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Mojsov, Bojana. Osiris: death and afterlife of a god. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. 150p bibl index afp ISBN 1405131799 pbk, $27.95
This survey book covers more than the Osiris cult. Mojsov traces not only the history of the Osiris cult (and others) over time but also the relation of religion and state in Egypt, starting with prehistory and ending with the Islamic conquest of Egypt. Kings used cults to strengthen their authority, with the favorite local cults of the dynasties being elevated to national status. The Old and Middle Kingdom god Ra gave way to the New Kingdom sun cult of Amun, with the two deities merging into Amun-Ra. The popularity of Osiris, lord of the underworld, ebbed and flowed over the centuries of Egyptian history but never disappeared. The Osiris cult—along with that of his wife Isis—became extremely popular in the Greco-Roman world, with their temples spreading throughout the Mediterranean long after Amun and other once-popular deities were forgotten. The triad of Osiris-Isis-Horus had a great influence on the evolution of Christianity. Osiris gets lost at times as Mojsov traces Egyptian political history. Written in jargon-free language, this book will interest anyone in Egyptian history, politics or religion as well as those interested in the Egyptian contribution to Christianity.—Michael W. Handis, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.