Monday, January 28

Kane Chronicles & Egyptian Mythology

Egyptian Creation
At first, there was only Nun. Nun was the dark waters of chaos. One day, a hill rose up out of the waters. This hill was called Ben-Ben. On this hill stood Atum, the first god. Atum coughed and spat out Shu, the god of the air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. Shu and Tefnut had two children. First, there was Geb, the god of the earth. 

Then, there was Nut, the goddess of the sky. Shu lifted Nut up so that she became a canopy over Geb. Nut and Geb had four children named Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Osiris was the king of the earth and Isis was the queen. Osiris was a good king, and he ruled over the earth for many years. However, everything was not well. Seth was jealous of Osiris because he wanted to be the ruler of the earth. He grew angrier and angrier until one day he killed Osiris. Osiris went down into the underworld and Seth remained on earth and became king. Osiris and Isis had one son called Horus. Horus battled against Seth and regained the throne.  After that, Horus was the king of the earth and Osiris was the king of the underworld.

The Goddess Isis
When her husband Osiris was killed and dismembered, Isis was seen as a dedicated wife by searching high and low for his remains. It was Isis who supposedly taught the people of Egypt about the institution of marriage. As the mother of Horus, the protector god of kings, Isis represented the ultimate mom.

Isis was the patron goddess of magic and healing and was one of the most powerful deities of ancient Egypt. She was said to know everything on heaven and earth except for one thing: the secret magic name of Ra, the god of the sun and king of all the other gods. So Isis hatched a plan to learn it. She made a snake out of dirt and some of Ra's sweat and laid it down on the ground where he be sure to walk by it.

When he stepped on the serpent, it bit him. Isis rushed to Ra's side when he called out for help. She told him that she could heal the poisonous bite with a magical spell, but would need to know Ra's ren (true mane or secret name) in order to properly do the incantation. After learning his name, Isis did indeed heal Ra, and was all the more powerful in the end!

Our spine read for this unit is Kane Chronicles.

Access the complete unit study in the World Mythology Unit Studies Bundle!

Includes sixteen unit studies covering world mythologies. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning ancient through modern history.
  • Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!


  1. I love Egyptian mythology and history!

    1. Stick around....he's got six more modern mythology studies coming....this is language arts for a few weeks. :)

  2. The Kane Chronicles sound interesting; I think my Brailey would love those books.

    Thanks for linking up at Drop Everything and Read!

    1. Wonderful! The Rick Riordan books do a great job of bringing the subject to life.

  3. last year we read a book on the Eygptian gods.. one where it was like the gods were living out their lives and we were just watching them unfold. Fascinating and taught us much.

    1. Sounds fascinating! Do you remember the title?

  4. We LOVE the Kane Chronicles.

    1. I think it was the boys' intro to Rick they have everything! And a wishlist of upcoming books. LOL


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