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Maybe you should give a link to the version of the myth you are stating , as it is not in the wikipedia article linked below. The only mention about penises is in Plutarch also states that Set steals and dismembers the corpse only after Isis has retrieved it. Isis then finds and buries each piece of her husband's body, with the exception of the penis, ...


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I don't know why, in the discussions of the dying-and-rising god motif, it's always assumed that the natural range of such myths is the ancient Near East and its close neighbors. There are, of course, the famous examples of Odin and Balder in Scandinavian mythology. Some would say that the Odin myth shows Christian influence, but that's begging the question: ...


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Not having received an answer to my question here, I decided to write up my own thoughts on it. My explanation is too long to post here, so I posted it on my blog. In summary, while Frazer had originally oversimplified and overstated his case for dying and rising gods, there was then an overreaction against the idea in the mid to late 20th century, and now ...


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Not exactly We probably come closest in Balder's dreams: Balder dreams of being killed, and thus Odin rides to Hel and wakes the corpse of a Völva to find what it means. However, while is not clearly specified which kind of magic is used, runes or seiðr (Odin was proficient in both), it is said that he worked it by saying it, rather than carving or painting ...


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Given the amount of influence both ways, I'm surprised you didn't include Norse/Germanic mythology as "near enough" in your question. Within it, there are two stories of sacrifice that contain several parallels to the Christian story. The first, and more literal and obvious of the two, is the story of Baldr. While not sacrificed, he was slain and is said ...


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Most deities in Hindu mythology follow a lifecycle - They come into being, live their lives and then eventually die. They probably don't get sick and "die" in the traditional sense of the word, they just go back to where they came from. The universe itself follows a cycle from birth to death and then birth again. Trinity also follows the cycle of the ...


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In the Orphic tradition, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Persephone. As a young boy, he was slain by the Titans, at the behest of Hera. Zeus recovered the boy's heart, made it into a potion and gave it to Semele, who then gave birth to the second incarnation of Dionysus. This tradition includes Egyptian elements, having several elements in parallel with the ...


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This is a deceptively complex question, but Vishnu may be a good place to start. In terms of the creation/destruction cycle of the universe, Vishnu would die and be reborn an infinite number of times. However, there is another aspect involving incarnation. The hero Rama is an incarnation, or avatar, of Vishnu. Rama is born, fulfills his purpose (in ...


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Well, in Greek mythology, the story of Persephone tells us that she would go into the underworld for a period of time, and come back. Demeter would "make" it winter until Persephone would come back. Obviously, when she would come back, it would be warmer, so it would be spring. Some theoi evidence: Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess ...


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My feeling, coming from the literary side of the house (which is to say my study of mythology and language is for the purpose of creative endeavor,) is that Frazer's ideas never went away--it was merely the scholarship that was disputed. Serious scholarship is distinct from "poetic truth". I see Frazer's influence in writers like Eliot, Yeats and Robert ...


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