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					Abydos Passion Play




    Abydos
                                        Abydos Passion Play

Ikhernofret, participant in Abydos
Passion Play between 1887 and 1849 BC




           Ikhernofret Stone
                          Abydos Passion Play




Osiris   Staging of Abydos Passion Play
                                                Abydos Passion Play




Scene from Abydos Passion Play – The weighing of the heart
                           Abydos Passion Play




Osiris, King of the Gods
                            Abydos Passion Play




The Triumph of Horus (ca. 2500 BC)
                        Abydos Passion Play




Horus is Acclaimed as King
                     Abydos Passion Play




Set is Dismembered
Abydos Passion Play




  Choral Interlude
                                                     Ikhernofret Stone

Ikhernofret's Description of the Osiris "Passion Play" at Abydos

“I organized the going forth of Wepwawet when he proceeded to avenge
his father; I drove away the rebels from the neshmet-barque; I
overthrew the enemies of Osiris; I celebrated the great going forth. I
followed the god at his going, and caused the ship to sail, Thoth steering
the sailing. I equipped the barque with a chapel and affixed (Osiris's)
beautiful adornments when he proceeded to the district of Peqer. I
cleared the ways of the god to his tomb before Peqer. I avenged
Wennefer that day of the great fight; I overthrew all his enemies upon
the sandbanks of Nedyt; I caused him to proceed into the great barque.
It raised up his beauties, I making glad the people/tomb owners of the
Eastern Desert, creating joy amongst the people/tomb owners of the
Western Desert; they saw the beauties of the neshmet-barque when it
touched land at Abydos, when it brought Osiris-Khentyamentiu to his
palace; I followed the god to his house, I carried out his purification and
extended his seat and solved the problems of his residence [...and
amongst] his entourage."

				
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