Wesir: Offerings and Symbols

Offerings to Wesir (also Asar; Greek: Osiris)

Some of these are attested in ancient sources while others come from my own (or other people’s) personal experience giving offerings to the God.

Liquid Offerings
Water
Beer
Pomegranate-Wine
Wine
Coffee
Tea

Food Offerings
Bread and Barley
Pasta
Fruits and Vegetables
Figs
Dates
Fig Newtons
Pastries; cookies and cakes
chocolate

Meat Offerings
chicken or duck
beef

Non-Food Offerings
Scents: myrrh, frankincense, cedar
Flowers: Red roses, roses, plants of various hues
Light: green candles; beeswax candles; lanterns
Colors: Green; Black
Jewelry: Silver,

Taboos
pork
fish; any seafood
sand
lettuce

Disposal of Offerings
1) Eat them
2) With wine or water, you can leave it to evaporate on the Shrine or pour it out as a libation when done.

Sacred Animals
Bull
Ram
Dogs, Jackals

Sacred Symbols
Moon
Sun at Night
Sah (Orion)
Nile
Green plants; Vegetation
Udjat Eye
Crook and Flail
Djed Pillar

Syncretisms
Ra-Wesir
Sobek-Wesir
Wesir-Apis
Wesir-Ra
Wesir-Sobek

Sources

Griffiths, J. Gwyn. The Origins of Osiris and His Cult. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1980.

Clark, R. T. Rundle. Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1959.

Zecchi, Marco. “Osiris in the Fayyum.” Fayyum Studies: Volume 2. Sergio Pernigotti and Marco Zecchi, ed. (Ante Quem and Dipartimento di Archeologia dell’Università di Bologna, 2006), pp. 117-145.

This Website: Wepwawet Wiki: Wesir

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