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The Gods Osiris and Khepri

Valley of the Kings
In the wonderfully decorated burial chamber of Ramses I, we see the seated gods Osiris and Khepri. Osiris was the king of the dead. Legend has it he was the first king in Egypt to be mummified. This mummification was performed by his grieving wife, Isis. Osiris embodies the idea of rebirth in the afterlife. He is shown as a mummy wrapped in white cloth. His green skin represents the rebirth of vegetation after the annual Nile flood. Khepri is the scarab-headed god. It was Khepri who would push the barque of the sun on its daily journey across the sky. He was also associated with rebirth in the afterlife.

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