The origins of Isis are obscure.
Unlike many gods, she can’t be tied to a specific town, and there are no certain mentions of her in the earliest Egyptian literature. Over time she grew in importance, though, eventually becoming the most important goddess in the pantheonl.
As the devoted wife who resurrected Osiris after his murder and raised their son, Horus, Isis embodied the traditional Egyptian virtues of a wife and mother.As the wife of the god of the underworld, Isis was also one of the main deities concerned with rites for the dead.
Along with her sister Nephthys, Isis acted as a divine mourner, and her maternal care was often depicted as extending to the dead in the underworld.Isis was one of the last of the ancient Egyptian gods to still be worshipped.
In the Greco-Roman period she was identified with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her cult spread as far west as Great Britain and as far east as Afghanistan.
It is believed that depictions of Isis with the infant Horus influenced Christian imagery of Mary with the infant Jesus.