The Introduction outlines the main topics that are discussed in the book, giving a short summary of the contents of each individual chapter. It also considers why Osiris was such an important deity for the ancient Egyptians. The crucial significance of Osiris for them lay in what he personally had experienced. His life, death, and resurrection were perceived to be particularly momentous in relation to their own fates, and thus they figure more prominently in the textual record than do accounts of the exploits of other Egyptian deities. Aspirations for the Osirian afterlife took time to coalesce and reach their fullest form of expression. This book aims to trace the key stages in the development of these aspirations and see how these are reflected in the textual and archaeological records.
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