Ra created the world with his godly, strong hands. He ruled the world as a mighty pharaoh. He had a secret name only known by his guardian gods, Nut and Geb. Not even mortals who studied him knew this name. No humans on earth were worthy of the name.
Nut and Geb were opposites. Nut was a beautiful sky goddess and Geb was a earthy, grounded god. They had some beautiful children, Osiris, a handsome young god born for greatness and Isis, a beautiful and mysterious young goddess as sharp as a needle and wiser than a million people.
Ra wanted to go back to Heaven, but he could only do that if he gave somebody his secret name. He grew old and still had to rule and he became weary.
Isis studied Ra and longed for his secret name.
Being the clever goddess she was, Isis crept up to Ra with a cobra and the cobra bit Ra.
“Ra, tell me your secret name,” whispered Isis. Ra told her many names, but they were names she had already known.
“Tell me your secret name or the venom will rise up and kill you,” Isis continued to whisper. Ra was exhausted and Isis was determined. Ra sighed his secret name and then told Isis that once her son, Horris, was born she must pass him the secret name. Isis let the venom pass from Ra and Ra left the earth.
Years later, Isis had a young son named Horris like Ra had predicted. She was married to Osiris and she was ruling Egypt and she taught them how to sow seeds and live peacefully. Osiris taught them how to irrigate and write in pictures on papyrus. Seth, Osiris’s evil brother, came to take over Egypt and eventually Isis and Osiris gave in. Seth ruled Egypt and Isis always held her son tight because she was terrified of Seth.
One morning, Isis awoke and heard voices outside the river Nile. Seth was hurling a coffin in the Nile and Isis noticed a blinding flash of light and she knew that inside that coffin was her husband, Osiris. Seth had killed Osiris and was coming for Isis next. After having a quick dream about Thoth telling her where the coffin floated to, Isis took little Horris and left. She found the coffin in a tree. She pried the box open and the love in her heart was so strong that she saw life stirring in her husband’s body. Osiris was alive!
Seeing the life in the mighty pharaoh’s eyes, Seth cut his body in many pieces. Osiris had been killed for a second time. Seth expected the crocodiles to eat the pieces, but they all floated to shore where Isis, a very devoted wife and mother to Horris, picked them all up. The last piece, the heart, was not found. It had sunken to the bottom of the river. Isis would not stop. She fashioned the heart from cedar. She put the pieces together, but Osiris was still dead.
One late night, Osiris came to Horris and told him that he and Thoth were the deciders of who got into heaven. He would weigh the dead Egyptian’s heart by putting the heart on one side and a feather on the other. If the heart was lighter than the feather, the Egyptian would be taken away as they would not be worthy. If the heart was heavier than the feather, the Egyptian had done well and they would be taken to heaven. Thoth would write all of the good deeds and Anubis would weigh the hearts.
In Ancient Egypt, they would always leave the hearts in the mummies so that Anubis could weigh them. They would also be placed in a tomb with a scroll of papyrus called The book of the Dead.
Horris slayed Seth in battle with a knife and became pharaoh shortly before his mother died.