Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": MANS SOUL IDENTIFIED WITH BOTH OSIRIS AND WITH NATURE


('Coffin Texts,' 330)

'Coffin Texts,' 330, contains the clearest identification of the soul with nature that the ancients have left us.

Whether I live or die I am Osiris,

I enter in and reappear through you,

I decay in you, I grow in you,

I fall down in you, I fall upon my side.

The gods are living in me for I live and grow in the corn

that sustains the Honoured Ones.

I cover the earth,

whether I live or die I am Barley.

I am not destroyed.

I have entered the Order,

I rely upon the Order,

I become Master of the Order,

I emerge in the Order,

I make my form distinct,

I am the Lord -of the Chennet (Granary of Memphis?)

I have entered into the Order,

I have reached its limits. . . .


Translation by R. T. Rundle Clark in his Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt (London 1957), p. 142

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