Busiris

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Busiris is the Greek name of a place in Egypt, which in Egyptian, was named djed (also spelt djedu). The location was a centre for the cult of Osiris, thus the reason for the greeks choosing the name. The word Busiris was also used as shorthand for chief god of Busiris, an attribute of Osiris.

In Greek mythology, there was a king of of Egypt, named Busiris, who sacrificed all visitors to the gods, hoping to avert a famine. Herakles defied him and broke his shackles at the last minute. This part of the mythology concerning Herakles appears to be a corruption of a myth concerning Osiris' sacrifice by Set, and subsequent resurrection (see Legend of Osiris and Isis). The annual sacrifice appears to be a greek metaphor, representing the apparent freezing of the sun's path, on its ecliptic, during the two weeks after the solstice (its being bound), and its near sacrifice (i.e. the solstice itself).

The fictional king Busiris also appears as the leader of a revolt in Lucian's True Story (2.23).

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