CONCERNING ASCENT AND DESCENT

OSIRIAC LADDER

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Papyrus of Ani & The Pyramid Texts

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CONCERNING THE LADDER OF OSIRIS
 
One of the ealiest mentionings of the sacred passage or ladder to heaven is recorded on the wall of the Pharaoh Pepi I's pyramid located at South Saqqara.  Pepi I ruled Egypt as the third king of the 6th dynasty (c. 2325-c.2150  BC) his pyramid texts record the following:
"Hail to thee, O Ladder of God, hail to  thee. O  Ladder of Set.  Stand up, O Ladder of God, stand up O  Ladder of Set, stand up, O  Ladder of Horus, whereon Osiris went  forth into heaven...". 
Pyramid of Pepi I (South Saqqara) 
 
The mentioning of the "ladder" recalls the old  legend according to which  the god Osiris was
obliged to make use of a ladder  whereon  to mount from this earth to the iron platform of the sky. The  ladder  was set up by Horus and Set, who stood one on each  side of it, and, as  Osiris
lacked the strength necessary for  mounting it, each of these gods placed two of his fingers  under one of his shoulders, and gave him the  impetus which  took him up the ladder into heaven. (The Egyptian Sdn: Its History and  Monuments Published 1907 By  Ernest  Alfred Wallis Budge, K. Paul, Trench, Trbner& Co.,  Ltd. [p. 527]).
The Famed Pyramid Texts also record the following:

"O you four gods who stand at the  supports of the sky,
my  father Osiris the King has not died in death,
for  my father  Osiris the King possesses a spirit in the Horizon"
- (Pyramid Texts) PT 556.
"May  a stairway to the Netherworld be  set up for you to the place where  Orion is, may the Bull of the Sky take your  hand..."
- (Pyramid  Texts) PT - 610
These religious recording are the origin of the Hebrew Jacob's Ladder.


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