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Following OsirisPerspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia$
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Mark Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.001.0001

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Where is the King of the Two Lands? The End of Belief in the Osirian Afterlife

Where is the King of the Two Lands? The End of Belief in the Osirian Afterlife

(p.421) 7 Where is the King of the Two Lands? The End of Belief in the Osirian Afterlife
Following Osiris

Mark Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates how and when belief in Osiris and the Osirian afterlife came to an end in Egypt. Four different places are employed as case studies to examine this problem: the Akhmim region, Philae, Abydos, and Thebes. The chapter also seeks to relate the end of belief in the Osirian afterlife to the end of belief in traditional Egyptian religion as a whole. Two different models for the latter are assessed. These may be called the conflict and triumph model and the gradual disappearance model. The evidence of our four case studies speaks unambiguously in favour of the second of these two models.

Keywords:   end of belief in Osirian afterlife, Akhmim, Philae, Abydos, Thebes, Christianity, religious conflict

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