NUSADAILY.COM – MALANG – This one strange ritual is completely out of common sense. Imagine, to make contact with a deceased spouse, the ancient Egyptians often practiced necrophilia or sex with the body. They are very fascinated with death, ranging from embalming bodies (mummies), building giant pyramid-shaped graves, to the afterlife.
When discussing the process of mummifying a body, an ancient Greek writer wrote poetry:
The wives of men of rank are not given to be embalmed immediately after death, nor indeed are any of the more beautiful and valued women. It is not till they have been dead three or four days that they are carried to the embalmers. This is done to prevent indignities from being offered them.
In other words, let someone’s body lie for several days until decay occurs. Thus, people who embalm can not have sex with those who have died. This means there is already a habit of dealing with bodies in Ancient Egypt. Even ancient Egyptian mythology was filled with stories of necrophilia.
For example, Osiris and Seth are hostile deities. Seth kills Osiris and cuts him off. Osiris’s wife, Isis, is responsible for collecting pieces of the husband’s body, but she does not find Osiris’ penis.
Therefore, Isis creates a new penis and attaches it to Osiris’ body to make it perfect. After completing, Isis had sex with Osiris’s body.
Isis is the first daughter of the Geb couple, the god of the Earth, and Nut, the goddess of heaven. Isis was born on the fourth leap day. She married her brother, Osiris, and conceived him.
In ancient Egyptian myth, Isis was instrumental in the revival of Osiris. That said, she used his magic ability to restore Osiris’s limbs that were previously scattered.
This tale became very important in the Greco-Roman period. For example, the Nile is believed to flood every year because Isis weeps over Osiris’ death.
The death and rebirth of Osiris was carried out through a ritual. Worship of Isis eventually spread in Greco-Roman culture and continued until paganism was suppressed during Christianity. (aka)