The world’s longest river, located in Egypt, the Nile flows 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometres) northward to the Mediterranean Sea (a very unusual direction for a river to take).It was considered the source of life by the ancient Egyptians and has played a vital role in the country's history.
When Isis arrived at Byblos, in the course of her search, she recognized her husband's corpse was inside the tree and, after endearing herself to the king, requested the pillar as a favor.
Isis then brought her dead husband back to Egypt to return him to life.
The Nile was also an important recreational resource for the Egyptians.
Besides swimming, the people enjoyed water jousting in which two-man teams in canoes, a `fighter' and a `rower', would compete trying to knock each other's fighter out of the boat.
Permanent settlements gradually rose along the banks of the river beginning c.
6000 BCE and this was the beginning of Egyptian civilization and culture which became the world's first recognizable nation state by c.3150 BCE.The gods were intimately involved in the lives of the ancient Egyptians and it was believed that they caused the river’s annual floods which deposited the fertile black soil along the arid banks.According to some myths, it was Isis who taught the people the skills of agriculture (in others, it is Osiris) and, in time, the people would develop canals, irrigation, and sophisticated systems to work the land.This sequence of events would inspire the Djed column, a symbol which appears in Egyptian architecture and art throughout the history of the country, which symbolizes stability.The Djed, according to some interpretations, represents Osiris' backbone when he was encased in the tree or, according to others, the tree itself from which Isis removed Osiris' body to bring him back to life.Osiris' son, Horus, avenged his father by defeating Set and casting him out of the land (in some versions of the tale, killing him) and so restored balance and order to the region. Through this myth and others like it the Nile was held up to the ancient people as the source of all life in Egypt and an integral part of the lives of the gods.The Milky Way was considered a celestial mirror of the Nile and it was believed the sun god Ra drove his ship across it.At length they reach the narrower channels and, swept along by the whole force of the river, they control the rushing boat by hand and plunge head downward to the great terror of the onlookers.You would believe sorrowfully that by now they were drowned and overwhelmed by such a mass of water, when far from the place where they fell, they shoot out as from a catapult, still sailing, and the subsiding wave does not submerge them, but carries them on to smooth waters.Since he was incomplete, Osiris could not return to life but became Lord of the Afterlife and Judge of the Dead.The Nile, which had received Osiris' penis, was made fertile because of this and gave life to the people of the land.