On the Trail of Osiris and the ‘First Time’

A multilevel tomb, found in 2015 across the Nile River from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos, has been claimed by Egyptologists to be modeled after the ‘Osirion,’ the mysterious temple-like structure found behind Seti’s temple. Called ‘Kampp 327,’ the tomb was uncovered in Thebes in the temple of Min (‘Min,’ it is thought, was a local mayor sometime around the eighth century BC). In the Thebes tomb is a large hall, supported by five pillars, that resembles the Osirion, and for that reason the tomb was thought to be its replica.

This led some publications to call ‘Kampp 327’ the tomb of Osiris, never mind that the founder god of the ancient Egyptian creation story would have lived thousands of years earlier. While there is no direct evidence linking the Osirion with Osiris, it might, at least, be an artifact from his time, often referred to in the Egyptian creation myth as ‘Zep Tepi,’ or the ‘first time.’ While mainstream Egyptology considers ‘Zep Tepi’ strictly mythological, there are many serious scholars who recognize that the ancient Egyptian mythology must have been born in historical facts.

Years ago, in a trip to Egypt with the late John Anthony West, I toured Seti’s temple and the Osirion, which, according to many Egyptologists, must also have been built by Seti I around 1300 BC. If there is one spot in Egypt that clearly shows the disconnect between the preconceived ideas of official Egyptology and the obvious facts, this could be it.

The Seti temple itself is literally covered with hieroglyphs, paintings, and bas reliefs, while in the Osirion there are no such images of any kind. The architectural styles of the two structures are also completely different. Like Giza’s Valley, and Sphinx, Temples, the Osirion is made with square columns, where most later Egyptian structures usually have cylindrical columns. Constructed of gigantic, red granite blocks weighing as much as a 100 tons each, quarried more than 300 miles away, the structure is, at the least, a breathtaking engineering achievement, built beneath the ground level of Seti’s temple, where, unless it were constantly pumped out, it would be flooded by water from the Nile. Like the Great Pyramid, such amazing megalithic ruins may very well have been beyond the construction capabilities of the dynastic Egyptians.

The astonishing engineering technology on display in these temples has been cited by John Anthony West, geologist Robert Schoch, and others, as evidence of an advanced civilization that must have existed before the end of the last ice age—in other words, in “Zep Tepi.”

Whether or not the technological mastery of builders from the time of Osiris could have been passed down to the dynastic Egyptians, there can be little doubt that the spiritual legacy of that era has survived even to the present day. The many apparent connections found in modern religions like Judeo-Christianity and Islam to the ancient Egyptian religion of Osiris cannot be easily dismissed. For more on this see Martin Ruggles’ cover story “Jesus and the Gnostics” on page 42 of this issue.

By J. Douglas Kenyon