Bata incarnates into the sacred persea tree as well whose red heart shaped fruit is a great symbol for the heart that must be transformed in order to awake Osiris from the sleep of death and engender a new life.
Eventually the persea trees are cut down but a chip of wood from them flies into the royal wife's mouth and Bata incarnates once again, this time as the heir to the throne of man. Bata is constantly becoming entombed in matter, much like Osiris, and left for dead. Throughout successive incarnations Bata finally succeeds in being reborn as the heir to the throne and eventually becomes Pharaoh of Egypt, ruling as the living Horus. This is the greatest parallel to the story of Osiris and the rebirth into Horus that I have detailed in previous entries of this blog. As well I want to point out the successive incarnations of Bata into different life forces which were known in ancient Egypt as the ka. Bata incarnated as the flower of the acacia, the bull, the fruit of the persea tree and finally as the crown prince. Though Bata appears in multiple differing manifestations it is important to realize it is always the same essence of Bata within these differing life forces. It illustrates the oneness of our individual ba, our immortal soul, and how it will repeatedly incarnate into matter, experience the joys, the tribulations and cleansing of material existence, until finally it becomes born again as Horus the enlightened one ruling mightily over its lower self. No longer will the ba have to re-incarnate!
The story of Anpu and Bata can be read in its entirety online here: