Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2020

Faculty Advisor(s)

Eileen Jankowski


Records show that humans past and present try to find the causes of and explanations for the objects and events surrounding them. Before the advent of science they created mythological stories about gods and goddesses, monsters and heroes, to explain life. For example, Egyptian and Greek mythology showed a great interest in death, and as a result, proposed two gods to represent this universal phenomenon: Hades and Osiris. Both Greek and Egyptian culture created such figures to practice justice, yet the difference is in their representatives: while Hades was the fearsome figure, Osiris was worshiped in multiple religions- Atenism, Hermeticism, Thelema, and Kemeticism. The difference in the impact of two was caused by the rivers they were associated with. The River Styx remains as the figurative region for Greek mythology, but the Nile River had both a figurative and realistic impact on Egyptian life in that region. Their influence as their role as well as the associated created the difference in their impact on each culture. Hades and Osiris as the gods of death represented each culture’s views of death and the afterlife, tied in many ways to their respective rivers. The differences between a feared god like Hades and a widely revered god like Osiris reveals important aspects of each culture, evident in their mythological stories.


Presented at the Spring 2020 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.