Possibly the best-known goddess in ancient Egyptian mythology, she was the sister of Nephthys and the sister-wife of the god Osiris. When Osiris was killed by his brother Seth, Isis searched high and low for his dismembered body and, with her sister, gave him life for long enough that he was able to make her pregnant, before taking on his role of king of the underworld.
Isis was also the symbolic mother of the Pharaoh (the Pharaoh was the bodily manifestation of Osiris and Isis' son Horus). In this capacity, the goddess formed a vital link between the divinities and royalty. It was Isis' intention to bring up Horus without anyone knowing about him so that he would be able to avenge Osiris' murder.
Isis is therefore known as a protector, not only of Osiris and the Pharaoh but of children too. Her name was often invoked when spells were being cast, seeing as she was so magically powerful. Often manipulative and clever, and worshipped by all across ancient Egypt.
|Painting of Isis from the tomb of Seti I (Source: Wikimedia Commons)|