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Black Osiris

7 January 2015

At www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-2900324/Egyptian-god-s-tomb-dis… …. a purposely blackened tomb has been found in Egypt. The Daily Mail supplies some useful pictures and drawings. It was apparently dedicated to Osiris. The symbolic burial site was used in rituals to connect the god with pharaoh – at death. The tomb is said to date back to dynasty 25, the Ethiopian line of pharaohs. You could say that is where the black comes in, but why a blackened tomb? You could say that black signified death – but why would that be if you were physically black?

Osiris was commonly depicted as a green skinned bearded man with a pointed crown with ostrich feathers and holding a crook and a flail. The crook is interesting as it is associated with shepherds – shepherding a flock of sheep (passive stars as well as unruly stars such as comets). Osiris, however, was sometimes depicted as black – why? Comets, as we know from modern space research, commonly have a jet black surface. This is not a dark brown, or burnt complexion, but a a black that is deeply black. The orthodox interpretation of the black Osiris is that it is the colour of rebirth, associated with the annual Nile flood. However, almost all the ancient gods had a black form – an idea that continued into the black madonnas of Christianity. It is also a fact that Arthurian Romance (and various European myths) are full of black ogres and dangerous adversaries, often met in the wild wood, attacking the hero (and being repelled). The black figure of folklore persisted into the Morris dances of medieval England, and the Mummers Plays, usually a form of the joker (causing havoc amongst the ranks of dancers).

Looking at Comet Lovejoy in the previous post, one can see where the green colour may have originated, if not in the comet and then in the aurorae. Of course, this is all speculation and no doubt mainstream could shoot it down like a Stingray missile taking out a helicopter – but an interesting correlation all the same.

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