The crook is thought to represent Osiris as a shepherd god. The cult of Osiris (who is a god chiefly of regeneration and re-birth) had a particularly strong interest toward the concept of immortality. A living, sacred ram, is even kept at Mendes and worshipped as the incarnation of the god, and upon death, the rams were mummified and buried in a ram-specific necropolis.  The germinating seed symbolized Osiris rising from the dead.  As ruler of the dead, Osiris is also sometimes called "king of the living", since the Ancient Egyptians considered the blessed dead "the living ones". Dionysus-Osiris, or alternatively, Osiris-Dionysus, is a deity that arises from the syncretism of the Egyptian god Osiris and the Greek god Dionysus. Philae Island.The cult of Osiris continued up until the 6th century AD on the island of Philae in Upper Nile. The passion of Osiris is reflected in his name 'Wenennefer" ("the one who continues to be perfect"), which also alludes to his post mortem power.. Attempts to explain how Osiris, a god of the dead, could give rise to someone so definitely alive as Horus, lead to the development of the Legend of Osiris and Isis, which became the greatest myth in Egyptian mythology. (Isis and Osiris, 39). 2087–2088, S.G.F. This aspect of Osiris is referred to as Banebdjedet, which is grammatically feminine (also spelt "Banebded" or "Banebdjed") which literally means The ba of the lord of the djed, which roughly means The soul of the lord of the pillar of stability. Justinian would not tolerate this and sent Narses to destroy the sanctuaries, with the priests being arrested and the divine images taken to Constantinople.. No, the mummified Osiris is hardly an inspiration for the resurrected Christ... As Yamauchi observes, 'Ordinary men aspired to identification with Osiris as one who had triumphed over death. The first phase of the festival is a public drama depicting the murder and dismemberment of Osiris, the search of his body by Isis, his triumphal return as the resurrected god, and the battle in which Horus defeated Set. Ancient paintings of Osiris often have him colored green or black. Since the ba was associated with power, and also happened to be a word for ram in Egyptian, Banebdjed was depicted as a ram, or as Ram-headed. Ancient Egyptians believed the deities Anubis, Ammut, Henefer, Ma'at, Osiris and Thoth would greet the person in the afterlife and perform the weighing of the heart ceremony. The Theodosian decree (in about 380 AD) to destroy all pagan temples and force worshippers to accept Christianity was ignored there. He tears Osiris's body into 14 parts (sometimes 42 parts, one for each district in Egypt), and scatters the parts throughout the realm. Months later, she gave birth to Horus. Musée du Louvre, Paris.Contrasting with the public "theatrical" ceremonies sourced from the I-Kher-Nefert stele, more esoteric ceremonies were performed inside the temples by priests witnessed only by chosen initiates. the dead man (Hunefer) is taken into the judgement hall by the jackal-headed Anubis.  He is also associated with the epithet Khenti-Amentiu, which means "Foremost of the Westerners"— a reference to his kingship in the land of the dead.