Isis

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Isis, the Egyptian goddess of many things (Isis meaning ‘throne’) Who is she?
Isis is very important and is believed to be:
* the protector of the dead
* the goddess of children
* the king’s power
* the ideal mother
* friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the lowly
* the answer to prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers. Isis wears a long dress and crowned with the hieroglyphic sign for a throne. She holds a lotus, the sacred sistrum rattle, the fertility-bearing menat necklace or Sycamore tree. Her headdress is later replaced by Hathor’s horns of a cow with the solar disk between them. Like most Egyptian gods, she at most times holds an ankh and a simple staff. What are her powers?

She has the powers of Ra and knows powerful magic, most of them being protection or healing magic. She may also have Horus’s powers. She lives forever but is not immortal and can suffer wounds. Her day was called the Night of the Teardrop / Cradle. That day was when the Nile flooded. Myths:

The original form of the myth states that Osiris was killed by a wooden sarcophagus secretly being made to his measurements by Set, who was jealous of Osiris's position as king, and so plotted to kill him and take his place. A party had been held where the coffin was offered to whoever could fit inside. A few people tried to fit in, but to no avail. Osiris was encouraged to try, but as soon as he lay back, the lid slammed on him and was locked. It was then sealed with lead and thrown into the Nile river. Upon hearing that Osiris was gone, Isis set out to look for him. She was afraid that without proper ceremonies and burial Osiris would not be able to go to the place of the dead. She later learned that the coffin had floated down the Nile river up to the coast of Byblos and became embedded in the trunk of a cedar tree. She also learned that the cedar tree had been taken and used as a pillar to support a palace for the king of Byblos. When traveling...
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