The Osirian Legend: Its African Roots and its Parables PDF Download

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It must be said that most, if not all, of the worlds peoples have their epic legends and mythologies. For those of African descent, this ancient Egyptian mythology, … is the wellspring of such legends. And an understanding of it serves to enhance the spiritual and cultural aspect of African or Black studies. 

The Elysian Fields (or Sekhet-Aaru) were a place where the ancient Egyptians believed that the spirits of the Blessed dead lived. It was a region of heaven over which Osiris had special control. Within this region was a place they called “The Field of Offerings” (or Sekhet-Hetep) where the blessed souls obtained their supplies of celestial food and drink. “Strictly speaking,” wrote Budge,2 “they were not fields but islands, intersected by canals filled with running water, which caused them to be always green and fertile. On these grew luxuriant crops of wheat and barley, the likes of which were unknown on earth.” The Significance of Magic

The Africans and the ancient Egyptians also had the belief in magic as a common characteristic in their religions. In both cultures the magicians, were sometimes the kings themselves, but were most often a high official such as a priest. They both believed that the world was governed by the “gods and spirits” and that the priests (magicians) could hold communication with the spirits of these gods and could influence them. The kings in both cultures often believed they held their positions due to the influence of the priest, “who posed as interpreters of the divine will, and the acts and policy of the chief were often directed by them.” In primitive times the chief or king was the strongest and bravest in the land. He was “the most fearless hunter and fiercest fighter and was in fact the embodiment of physical strength.” [The Zulu king T’Shaka (1785 – 1828), was a prime example of this.] The priest, on the other hand, the man of “occult” powers was “the incarnation of intelligence, agility of mind, thought, cunning shrewdness and foresight, and when Egyptians had acquired the art of writing, he added to his powers the ability to read and write, and he possessed a thorough knowledge of the sacred books.” And this condition existed among many communities of West Africa at the turn of the twentieth century. 


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