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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

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 ...
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Are "Dying and Rising Gods" Dead?

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, ...
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Are "Dying and Rising Gods" Dead?

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 ...
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Have runes ever been used to bring someone back to life?

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 ...
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Any examples of dying and resurrecting gods that exist only in heaven, not earth?

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 ...
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Are there any Asian variants of dying-and-rising god?

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 ...
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Why was Dionysus, a dying and rising god, called thrice-born?

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 ...
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Are there any Asian variants of dying-and-rising god?

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 ...
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Which Mythic Heroes Returned in the Spring?

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. ...
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Are "Dying and Rising Gods" Dead?

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 ...
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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

Here is how I would Interpret the absence of his penis. I really see this as a depiction of successful grief. Now it's important to note that Isis revives Osiris, but after conceiving Horus, Osiris ...
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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

The phallos is made from beeswax in some versions, pretty sure. Neith is Tanith, a rough equivalent of Asherah and Anat/Athena. Asherah was called Anat Yahu in ancient inscriptions. Her Temple was ...
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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

I am reminded of the NTR, the Neteru, or Netyeru, the great beings, however they were called, that the most ancient of Egyptians are believed to have worshipped most fervently, who reputedly could ...
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