Follower of Horus

follower of Horus and followers of Jesus
Left: a description, by Wallis Budge (1909), showing the "follower of Horus", as the Sem priest (middle), addressing, three men. [2] Right: a Google Image (2019) search return for "followers of Jesus".
In religio-mythology, follower of Horus, or Heru-Khet (Budge, 1909), refers to, depending on period, either as the pharaoh or "god king", in pre-dynastic times (c.6000-3150BC), as the follower of Horus; the ruler or pharaoh, in early dynasty times (c.3000BC), in “Horus in life” and “Osiris in death”; the high priest, e.g. Sem priest (high priest of Ptah), in 2nd dynasty times (2890-2686 BC), as the follower of Horus; to a blurry notion that the “followers of Horus”, in 19th dynasty times (1292-1189BC), that the deceased, if their soul is light, will be forever like “followers of Horus”, seated at the right hand of Osiris, and be given bread and beer; to the Roman recension (c.50BC-500AD) model that the “followers of Jesus” will be given eternal life, and passage to the afterlife, or something along these lines.

In Egypt, in early dynastic times (c.6000-3150BC), the ruler was considered a “follower of Horus”.

In 3000BC, the ruler or pharaoh became “Horus in life” and “Osiris in death”. [1]

In c.2500, the “Sem priest”, who presided over mortuary rituals, conducted the funeral services, and were the embalmers of the mummified corpse, recognized by the fact that he wore a short wig with a side-lock and was dressed in a panther skin, were known as the “followers of Horus”. [2]

In 1250BC, in the Papyrus of Ani version of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the followers of Horus were being referred to as follows:

“May there be given to me loaves in the ‘presence’ like the ‘followers of Horus’, may a place be made for me in the solar bark on the day when the god ferries across, and may I be received into the presence of Osiris in the ‘land of vindication’.”
— Anon (1250), Egyptian Book of the Dead (§: Introduction Hymn to the sun god Ra) (Plate 1-B, pg. 37) [3]

“Let there be given to him the offerings which are issued in the presence of Osiris, and may a grant of land be established in the ‘field of offerings’ as for the ‘followers of Horus’. Thus, says Horus son of Isis: I have come to you, O Wennefer [high priest of Osiris] (Ѻ), and bring Ani to you. His heart is true, having gone forth from the balance, and he has not sinned against any god or any goddess. Thoth has judged him in writing which has been told to the Ennead, and Maat the great has witnessed. Let there be given to him bread and beer which have been issued in the presence of Osiris, and he will be forever like the ‘follower of Horus’.”
— Anon (1250), Egyptian Book of the Dead (§:30B Chapter for not letting Ani’s heart create opposition against him in the god’s domain) (Plate 3-B to 4-A, pgs. 41-42) [3]

In c.100AD, amid the Roman recension (50BC-500AD), following the Greek recension (330BC), and the pre-dynastic model of “god kings” as “followers of Horus” (c.3200BC) model, which in 3000BC became pharaohs as “Horus in life” and “Osiris in afterlife” model, which in 1300BC became high priests as “followers of Horus” and people, e.g. Ani, who could afford for an Egyptian Book of the Dead to be made for them, a “follower of Horus”, supposedly, in life and an “Osiris-person”, e.g. Osiris-Ani, in the afterlife, became or was rescripted into the model of believers as “followers of Jesus” in life and people reborn at the right hand of “god the father”, aka god Osiris, in the afterlife.

1. Jordan, Michael. (2014). Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses (pg. 128). Infobase Publishing.
2. Budge, Wallis. (1909). The Book of Opening the Mouth: The Egyptian Texts with English Translations, Volume 1 (follower of Horus, 6+ pages). Trubner & Co.
3. Faulkner, Raymond. (1972). The Egyptian Book of the Dead: the Book of Coming Forth by Day: Complete Papyrus of Ani, Featuring Integrated Text and Full-Color Images (translator: Ogden Goelet; Preface: Carol Andrews; Introduction: Daniel Gunther; Foreword: James Wasserman) (Amz) (chapters, pg. 18; recensions, pg. 144). Chronicle Books, 2015.
4. Joshua, Mark. (2016). “Horus” (Ѻ), Ancient History Encyclopedia, Mar 16.

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