Switching roles and looking at stories from different points of views has always been one of my favorite things to do. However, that does not mean that I want to always change things around, except for the furniture in my living room. Stories that have a shade of mystery or that leave lots of room for questioning and doubts are my favorite stories to look for possible twists. This time I decided to look at the ancient stories about the gods of Egypt. As usually I looked for discrepancies, and just to clarify it for the reader, I do not believe in magic. What may seem magical is in fact explainable through science, and that is why in every ancient story I look for symbolic meaning or psychological subjects and concerns. Tonight I looked at the story of Aset (also known as Isis) and her husband Usir (also known as Osiris). The story talks about Aset and Usir being happily married to one another, while Seth the other brother was jealous of their love. According to this story, Usir loved sheep and as a benevolent god he brought fertility to the land, and that is why the symbols that he wore were the ram’s horns on his crown. Well, all seems good up to this point, except that if he was the god of fertility how was it that him and his wife did not have a child together already? That was the first question mark. Then, we learn that Seth and his wife Nebet Hut had a son called Inpu, which Seth sent to the underworld because he adored his uncle more than his own father. Well, that sounded strange too, but situations like this one may happen. And as the story goes Seth tricks his brother to fit inside a box that has his exact measurements. As the brother gets in, then box shuts tight and Usir is left to die inside that box while the box wanders in the Nile River and somehow ends up in a faraway land of Kenaani. Was it really a coffin or was it something else? Quite often these coffins have magical powers for some reasons, like the one that made Merlin the wizard disappear, to never be found again.
But, Aset is a devoted wife and she wants to find her husband’s body to make the proper burial following the proper rituals for a god of Egypt. And here is the moment where all the question marks are raised all at once. First, we learn that Aset is a goddess and somehow knows how to turn a human from mortal to immortal, as she travels to the land of Kenaani looking for her dead husband. But this makes no sense at all. So Aset was able to turn humans into gods by making them immortals just like she tempted to do with that little boy, the queen of Kenaani’s son, but she was not able to make her husband immortal? And, what makes this situation even more questionable, wasn’t her husband already a god, therefore immortal? Then why was she worried that he was dead???? Then, the story becomes even more unrealistic, after this point. As she finds her dead husband they prepare for the proper burial but somehow Seth finds his body again and cuts his dead brother’s body into 14 pieces. Big question mark here????? If Usir was already dead what would be the motive for Seth cut Usir’s dead body into pieces, and why 14 pieces? Even more bizarre situation follows when in the morning Aset, helped by Nebet Hut, her sister, finds 13 pieces of Usir’s body but could not find the 14th and most important piece for the man, the… you know what. But Aset somehow fashions that missing part of Usir’s body out of wax and clay, and just for one night, just for one night after kissing and kissing him, this lifeless manikin comes back to life just so he can impregnate Aset. The next day he left without warning and Aset learns that he is now the god of the underworld. Fascinating story to tell to kinder-garden children. I bet, even them will have so many questions, hard to answer.
Questions that I can list at this point are: First, if Aset was able to fashion a benben pallas, why didn’t she do it earlier then? Why did she waste all that time looking for Usir’s body? Maybe because otherwise we would not have a long story to tell. Second question, was Seth trying to prove his point that he knew that this body that Aset found in the Kenaani’s land was not his brother’s body? If so, how did he know? Was it because he helped his brother escape from this realm? Did he cut that body into pieces to prove to Aset that this was not Usir’s body? Cutting something into pieces and putting those pieces back together with such an ease sounds fantastic but more likely seems to me they were assembling and disassembling a manikin, or a humanoid but not a human body. Above all, was Aset being fooled by someone or was Aset trying to fool someone?
Until this point we don’t know the truth about Aset, and nothing can be concluded about her based on just these facts. But here comes the twist that can tell us the truth. We have this benevolent lady, Nebet Hut, Aset’s sister and Seth’s wife, who feels very sorry for Aset. Hmmm….Never in my life met a woman who feels sorry for another woman which she considers her rival because her husband Seth desires Aset more than her, unless she never cared to win her husband’s love or she had another goal altogether. If so, could it be that by blaming Seth for Usir’s disappearances, then helping Aset finding a body in the far away land, and by making Aset believe that with some magic she can bring this lifeless manikin back to life for one night only, so Aset can make love to this manikin as if she would make love to Usir so that a child would be conceived, she hoped to tie Aset to Usir once and for all and have Seth all for herself? Doesn’t this version make more sense to you? Another question that was immediately raised upon reading this story, was the name that Aset chose for her son. She named him Heru Sa after his uncle Heru Wer. Strange indeed. Is she again fooled to believe that if she names her son after the good uncle then the good uncle will take care of her son, or was she telling us that her son’s real father was Heru Wer? It makes more sense to believe that she was hoping someone would help her raising her son, as she is left alone with a husband that is alive but is also dead… Such nonsense. This uncle could not be the real father of Heru Sa since he is never in the picture, leaving Aset all alone in taking care of her son. So where is everybody? Usir dead or not dead, if he was the father of that child why didn’t he helped Aset? Heru Wer was never heard to perform such duty or give Aset any kind of help, then who could have been the father? The only one left to analyze is Seth himself. But why didn’t he help Aset? Now the answer is simple: Because Aset was convinced he was a criminal, he was not a good person. Hence, Seth could never stand a chance trying telling Aset that in fact he was her true love and the father of her son. Sad story indeed, but this version makes much more sense than believing that a dead body of Usir magically could conceive a child in just one night, when he could not do it while he was alive and lived happily with his wife.
Since this story makes no sense then it’s now time to twist the story and look at it from a different angle. So, what if Aset’s husband Usir was not dead and what if Seth did not kill him? Could it be that Usir realized that Aset was not his true love? That makes sense, and it can also justify the fact that he could not break her heart in telling her that he does not love her anymore, but instead Seth is her true love if she just gives him a chance. In normal circumstances, a woman that has not known true love before, but only performed her marital duties, would have felt devastated upon hearing these words, like an object sold in the market from one owner to another. So, obviously the plan would have worked perfectly if one pretends to be dead and the other one comes into his place, but how could Nebet Hut allow that to happen? Hence, she could be the one spreading the rumors that fooled Aset into believing that her true love was Usir and Seth was the one who killed him. Nebet Hut even helps Aset with this lifeless manikin representing Usir’s body who would make love to Aset to conveniently conceive a child. Such a good sister Nebet Hut.
There is a small detail in this story that one can hardly notice which is the fact that this lifeless manikin that Nebet Hut magically brought to life for Aset to make love to her husband for one night only, this lifeless manikin came to consciousness after so many warm kisses from Aset. This manikin somehow was not lifeless anymore. Was he a real man? If so who? The story tells us that this magical thing was able to make love to Aset that night, and how good that one was. Yet, Aset never knew the truth about Usir or Seth, and Nebet Hut somehow achieved what she wanted to achieve, make it impossible for Seth to approach Aset.
It is right to ask what’s so important in finding the truth behind such nonsense, twisted stories of the ancient past. Are these stories even real? The truth is that these stories are the foundations of all the religions and other beliefs that separated humans among themselves and still continue to haunt us today. These stories carry parts of the truth about our human history, but also lots of fabricated facts since the history is always written by the winner. It is imperative for the truth to come out, because every time we pass on the wrong versions of those stories, from one generation to another, we continue to feed the wrong beliefs to masses of people by risking this way to repeat the same mistakes we did in the past, over and over again. Each wrong theory or belief is accompanied by the wrong consequences, wrong norms, wrong ethics, misjudgments, arguments and can lead to wars. And so, if the truth behind these ancient stories is found and is finally told, what good is that? First, as Aset realizes that Seth is her true love, him who she once believed to be a criminal, or a bad person, the good thing that comes from this is the simple fact that people learn that true love does exist. Second, it is important for each human individual to realize that true love triumphs over manipulations and set ups. Hence, destiny cannot be changed. It may be delayed but cannot be changed. Thirdly, destiny always has a good ending for everyone, if allowed to unfold in its own course.
When you start seeing things from this new perspective, the perspective that true love does exist and that everyone is destined to find their soulmate if destiny is allowed to play out, then it is impossible to not feel frustrated and angered by the fact that there is so much manipulation and back stabbings in life. You question how come these people are not interested into finding their true love? Why some people interfere in others’ love life when they could very well preoccupy themselves with finding their true love and live happily ever after? The truth behind these people’s motives that interfere in others’ love affairs is much deeper than what it looks in the surface. It may seem as if some people mistakenly were obsessed with the wrong lover and that sometimes brings too much disappointments and overreactions even, but all is done in the name of love and passion. The truth is far from what it seems in the surface. The truth is that those people who act obsessively toward their lover by justifying their actions in the name of love and passion, they have nothing to do with love and everything to do with power, the power and will to dominate others.
Now one can see as why it’s important to get these stories straight and conclude the right lessons from history as we learn the truth because all these stories camouflaged as struggles for the true love to triumph over evil forces are only pointing one thing, about the right to obtain the throne to dominate over others. The question is, why are we, in a civilized world, still talking and being obsessed about the blood line? Isn’t now the right time to look for leaders based on their skills, expertise, talents and dedications rather than their bloodline privileges, inherited often through manipulations, as all these ancient stories tell us about? Isn’t it now the right time to become aware of the fact that elections campaigns are just a farce to fool the masses to vote for one candidate or the other, because that doesn’t really matter, as they both represent two sides of the same coin? Doesn’t it make sense now to accept that the right person to lead the masses of people should not be the one who drums own chest, telling others how they can do things better than their opponents? Doesn’t it make sense to accept a leader that does not point at others mistakes in order to make himself or herself look better, but instead points at mistakes as a way to improve them and make life better and easier for everyone without blaming anyone in particular? Doesn’t it make sense now to accept a leader not because of their bloodline or heritage, or because they yell and brag more than others, but because they are able to analyze the circumstances without blaming anyone, yet they do not cover the truth with lies because their aim is to understand these circumstances and avoid these mistakes in the future? I believe that the right leader does not need to say, “I am better than others, let me be your leader,” because the right leader does not use self-entitlement to prove its worth. In contrary, the right leader fights against entitlements. Above all, the right leader does not need a campaign to be a leader because he or she should be nominated and chosen by the masses based on their deeds, and they are asked by the masses of people whether they accept that noble role to be their leader or not. That is the right leader, the one who masses choose because have seen one’s deeds and trust that person.