14. Above + Below + Osiris & Isis Myth
14. Osiris Myth
Myths are often the exoteric form of something more esoteric. For example, the myth of Osiris is a version of the Book of the Dead that the priests were willing to share with the public. The secrets of the Book of the Dead were kept secret, and the complex journey of Osiris through the underworld was kept from the public. A distilled and distant simplified version was made public, as a myth. The same can be said of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Myth of Persephone. The Myth of Persephone is public, and we know it represented the secrets of Eleusis and its rituals.
In the Myth, Osiris is thrown into a coffin. In the ritual, the Pharoah is embalmed and put in his coffin. Anubis is the god who does this - the god of Embalming. In this way, he is associated with Niccodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who embalmed Christ. Dog headed, he can also be associated with other dogs at the entry to underworlds--Fluffy, Cerberus, Canis Minor.