Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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a suffering and a dying God. We are con-
fronted with the tears of Isis, and with the
agony of Osiris—an agony so overwhelming
that gods and men and the very devils, says
the Ritual, are aghast. Moreover, not only is
the twofold action of the same sacred person
as man and as God recognized, but it is
embodied in an animal symbolism ; just as,
amongst Christians, the symbol of the Lamb
is used for the Divine Person, the calf and
the eao-le for the Evangelists. Take, for
example, the vignette of the Ritual represent-
ing the resurrection of Osiris as taking place
in the presence of the Egyptian Trinity. The
human form, being the highest available, is
required by the supreme Three ; and in order
to represent the lower nature, or divine
humanity, it is necessary to take a lower
creature whose characteristic should indicate
that of the Divine Person represented. Of
such a form was the cat, whose eyes, varying
in form like the sun with the period of the
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