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By Adolf Erman

The amount right here translated seemed initially in 1904...The Egyptian faith appeals to a couple due to its never-ending number of shape, and the numerous levels of superstition and trust that it represents; to others as a result of its early reputation of a excessive ethical precept, its complex conceptions of a lifestyles after demise, and its reference to the advance of Christianity; to others back without doubt since it explains lovely issues pricey to the collector of antiquities, and widely used items in museums. F. LL. GRIFFITH. (1907 - translator)

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But it was not a t this period of rapid changes that this climax of Byzantinisin arose ; the divinity of the kings belongs t o the primitive dogmas of Egypt. I n two points only is the king distinguished from the actual gods. While Re, Osiris or Horus are styled great god, the king has to content himself with being called good god, and it is only after his death that he attains to the higher title. Also during his lifetime he was accorded no fornial worship with temples, offerings, and priests, a t any rate not in the early times.

He took passcssion of the government of both lands, and the crowns rested tqon lzis hectcl. It was at this tribunal, of which the scene is always designated as the great hall of Heliopolis, that, as the Egyptian texts constantly affirm, Osiris was in some way accused by Set and other enemies-but Thoth, god of wisdom, had adopted his cause, and had made Osiris tme of voice; the gods declared that Set 'was defeated, and Osiris placed his foot on him. H e then asceuded into heaven and now reigns in the height, or-when we accept a subterranean kingdom of the dead-below in the depths, over the dead.

154. (= T. ). Sculptures at Abydos and Denderah (Mar. Dend. IV. 88, 90). l So Horus triumphed, and as Isis led him into the hall cf Keb the gods assembled there greeted him joyfully : Veleome, Hort~s,son of Osiris : cowagcous,just, son of Isisand heir of Osiris ! But Set brought an action against him, and, according to the Greek account, disputed the legitimacy of his birth, and with that his right t o inherit. But the great gods held a court of justice, they seated themselves in the hall of Keb, they tried the case, and turned theiy bacles 0% injustice.

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