How Did Isis Give Birth To Osiris’s Son In Ancient Egyptian Mythology?

Devastated by her husband’s death, Isis frantically began searching for his body.

She learned from farmers and sailors that the chest had floated out to the Mediterranean Sea and had come ashore in present day Lebanon.

There, a tree had grown around it, enfolding the chest within its roots and bark.

A king had noticed the size and beauty of the tree, and he had it cut down to be used as a pillar in his palace.

Isis went to the palace and recovered the coffin.

Returning to Egypt, she used magic to revive Osiris long enough to conceive a child.

Now pregnant, Isis fled to the marshes of the Nile delta to hide from Seth.

There she gave birth to a son, Horus.

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