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“So the Egyptians speak of "Per-o," or Pharaoh, as we call it, which really signifies"Great House," when they mean the King.
For the King of Egypt is a very great man indeed; in fact, his people look upon him, and he looks upon himself, as something more than a man.
There are many gods in Egypt; but the god whom the people know best,and to whom they pay the most reverence, is their King. Ever since there have been Kings in the country, and that is a very long time now, the reigning monarch has been looked upon as a kind of god manifest in the flesh.”
-PEEPS AT MANY LANDS ANCIENT EGYPT
BY REV. JAMES BAIKIE, F.R.A.S.
“The Egyptians, however, acted in a perfectly logical manner, for they believed that they were a divine nation, and that they were ruled by kings who were themselves gods incarnate.
Their earliest kings, they asserted, were actually gods, who did not disdain to live upon earth, and to go about and up and down through it. Other ancient nations were content to believe that they had been brought into being by the power of their gods operating upon matter, but The—Egyptians believed that they were the issue of the great God who created the universe, and that they were of directly divine origin.”
-E.A Wallis Budge(Gods of the Egyptians)
The Egyptians believed that at one time all the great gods and goddesses lived on Earth. Their rule was on the whole beneficent. The greatest of all the gods was Ra, and he reigned over Egypt for very many years. His reign was marked by justice and righteousness. When men instead of gods reigned over Egypt they all delighted to call themselves sons of Ra, and every king believed that Ra was his true father.
The pharaohs governed the state by the help of a standing army and a militia or police, also by a multitude of officials, from whom was formed by degrees an aristocracy of family. By his office the pharaoh was lawgiver, supreme king, highest judge, chief priest; he was the son of a god, a god himself even.
There is just one distinction made between him and the other gods. Amen at Thebes, Ptah at Memphis, and all the rest of the crowd of divinities are called "the great gods." Pharaoh takes a different title. He is called "the good god."
Osiris The Great
"Osiris, being now king of Egypt, applied himself towards civilizing his countrymen, by turning them from their former indigen and barbarous course of life; he moreover taught them how to cultivate and improve the fruits of the earth; he gave them a body of laws to regulate their conduct by, and instructed them in that reverence and worship which they were to pay to the gods. With the same good disposition he afterward traveled over the rest of the world, inducing the people everywhere to submit to his discipline; not indeed compelling them by force of arms, but persuading them to yield to the strength of his reasons, which were conveyed to them in the most agreeable manner, in hymns and songs, accompanied by instruments of music”-Pert em hru
In addition to the gifts of good living he brought to his subjects, Osiris helped to wean them from their ‘miserable and barbarous manners” by providing them with a code of laws.
During a time of darkness and chaos, a God-man materializes. He is equipped with a wealth of practical and scientific skills which he uses unselfishly for the benefit of humanity. He is motivated by a strong sense of purpose, and after establishing his headquarters, he sets forth with a select band of companions (ShemsuHeru) to impose order and reinstate the lost balance of the world.
”Osiris is singled out for special mention in the legend, in which Khepera, speaking as Neb-er-tcher, says that his name is Ausares, who is the essence of the primeval matter of which he himself is formed.
Osiris was of the same substance as the Great God who created the world and was a reincarnation of his great-grandfather.
Osiris as the great ancestral spirit, who when on earth was a benefactor of mankind, and who when in heaven was the savior of souls.
"Osiris is identical with Khepera in respect of his evolutions and new births. The word rendered "evolutions" is _kheperu_, literally "rollings"; and that rendered "primeval matter" is _paut_, the original "stuff" out of which everything was made.
Osiris was the first recorded story of a "God-man, and he was committed to restoring, establishing, and expanding Maat.