Mini Episode: The Egyptian New Year

The Egyptian Religious Year (Part 1/12)

The Egyptian New Year began in the month called “Tekh.” It heralded a month of important rituals: festivals of the Nile Flood (Hapi); festivals to honour the blessed dead (Wagy-and-Thoth); and the beginning of a multi-month re-enactment of the legends of the god Osiris.



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See alsoEpisode 40, “Feasting, Laughing and Dancing”


Osiris (Wikipedia)


An Osiris bed (tomb of Mai-her-peri, 18th Dynasty)


Mud-brick Osiris bed (Luxor)


Osiris bed (Biblioteca Digital)


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Osiris as a source of growth (Wilkinson, 2003)



Katherine Eaton, “Monthly Lunar Festivals in the Mortuary Realm,” 2011 (JSTOR).

William C. Hayes, The Sceptre of Egypt, 1959.

Antony Leahy, “The Osiris ‘Bed’ Reconsidered,” 1977 (JSTOR).

William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.

Anthony Spalinger, “The Limitations of Formal Ancient Egyptian Religion,” 1998 (JSTOR).

Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.