Osiris was chopped up, as well

Osiris inherited the kingship from his ancestors in a lineage stretching back to the creator of the world, Ra or Atum. His queen is Isis, who, along with Osiris and Set, is one of the children of the earth god Geb and the sky goddess Nut. Osiris is connected with life-giving power, righteous kingship, and the rule of maat, the ideal natural order. Set is closely associated with violence and chaos. Therefore, the slaying of Osiris symbolizes the struggle between order and disorder, and the disruption of life by death. Set cut Osiris’s body into pieces and scattered them. Set assumed the kingship. Isis searches for her husband’s body with the aid of Nephthys. The goddesses find and restore Osiris’s body, often with the help of other deities, including Thoth and Anubis. Once Osiris is made whole, Isis conceives his son and rightful heir, Horus. Isis hides from Set, to whom the unborn child is a threat. Isis gives birth to Horus. Horus is a vulnerable child beset by dangers. Horus challenges Set for the throne. Horus spears Set, who appears in the form of a hippopotamus, as Isis looks on. Horus takes the throne.

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