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  1. It was a feast like Egypt
    had never seen before.
  2. The warrior god Set and his wife,
    the goddess Nephtys,
  3. decorated an extravagant hall
    for the occasion,
  4. with a beautiful wooden chest
    as the centerpiece.
  5. They invited all the most important gods,
    dozens of lesser deities,
  6. and foreign monarchs.
  7. But no one caused as big a stir as Set
    and Nephtys’s older brother Osiris,
  8. the god who ruled all of Egypt
    and had brought prosperity to everyone.
  9. Set announced a game—

  10. whoever could fit perfectly in the chest
    could have it as a gift.
  11. One by one, the guests clambered in,
    but no one fit.
  12. Finally, it was Osiris’s turn.
  13. As he lay down, everyone could see
    it was a perfect fit—
  14. another win for the god
    who could do no wrong.
  15. Then Set slammed the lid down
    with Osiris still inside, sealed it shut,

  16. and tossed it into the Nile.
  17. The chest was a coffin.
  18. Set had constructed it specifically
    to trap his brother
  19. and planned the party to lure him into it.
  20. Set had long been jealous
    of his brother’s successful reign,
  21. and hoped to replace
    him as the ruler of all Egypt.
  22. The Nile bore the coffin out to sea
    and it drifted for many days

  23. before washing ashore near Byblos,
    where a great cedar grew around it.
  24. The essence of the god within
    gave the tree a divine aura,
  25. and when the king of Byblos noticed it,
  26. he ordered the tree cut down
    and brought to his palace.
  27. Unbeknownst to him,
  28. the coffin containing Egypt’s
    most powerful god was still inside.
  29. Set’s victory seemed complete,
    but he hadn’t counted on his sisters.

  30. Set’s wife Nephtys was also his sister,
  31. while their other sister,
    the goddess Isis,
  32. was married to their brother Osiris.
  33. Isis was determined to find Osiris,
  34. and enlisted Nephtys’s help
    behind Set’s back.
  35. The two sisters took the shape
    of falcons and travelled far and wide.
  36. Some children who had seen
    the coffin float by
  37. pointed them to the palace of Byblos.
  38. Isis adopted a new disguise
    and approached the palace.
  39. The queen was so charmed
    by the disguised goddess
  40. that she entrusted her
    with nursing the baby prince.
  41. Isis decided to make the child immortal
    by bathing him in flame.
  42. When the horrified queen
    came upon this scene,
  43. Isis revealed herself
    and demanded the tree.
  44. When she cut the coffin from the trunk
    and opened it,

  45. Osiris was dead inside.
  46. Weeping, she carried his body
    back to Egypt and hid it in a swamp,
  47. while she set off in search
    of a means of resurrecting him.
  48. But while she was gone,
  49. Set found the body
    and cut it into many pieces,
  50. scattering them throughout Egypt.
  51. Isis had lost Osiris for the second time,
    but she did not give up.

  52. She searched all over the land,
    traveling in a boat of papyrus.
  53. One by one, she tracked down
    the parts
  54. of her husband’s dismembered body
    in every province of Egypt,
  55. holding a funeral for each piece.
  56. At long last, she had recovered
    every piece but one—
  57. his penis,
    which a fish in the Nile had eaten.
  58. Working with what she had, Isis
    reconstructed and revived her husband.

  59. But without his penis,
    Osiris was incomplete.
  60. He could not remain among the living,
  61. could not return to his old position
    as ruler of Egypt.
  62. Instead, he would have to rule over Duat,
    the realm of the dead.
  63. Before he went, though, he and Isis
    conceived a son to bear Osiris’s legacy—
  64. and one day, avenge him.