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A primordial creator god, worshipped as
the head of the Heliopolitan family of gods. Father of Shu and
Tefnut, and in later times believed to be one with the sun god Ra.
See also Ra.
A cat-goddess, worshiped in the Delta
city of Bubastis. A protectress of cats and those who cared for
cats. As a result, an important deity in the home (since cats were
prized pets) and also important in the iconography (since the
serpents which attack the sun god were usually represented in papyri
as being killed by cats).
She was viewed as the beneficient side of the lioness-goddess Sekhmet. See also Sekhmet.
|A deity of either African or Semitic origin; came to Egypt by Dynasty XII. Depicted as a bearded, savage-looking yet comical dwarf, shown full-face in images (highly unusual by Egyptian artistic conventions). Revered as a deity of household pleasures such as music, good food, and relaxation. Also a protector and entertainer of children.
|Duamutef (Tuamutef; Golden Dawn, Thmoomathph)
|One of the Four Sons of Horus, Duamutef was represented as a mummified man with the head of a jackal. He was the protector of the stomach of the deceased, and was protected by the goddess Neith.
A serpent goddess of the Delta, a symbol
and protrectress of Lower Egypt, the counterpart of Nekhbet in Upper
Egypt, worn as part of the king's crown.
See also Nekhbet.
|Four Sons of Horus
|The four sons of Horus were the protectors of the parts of the body of Osiris, and from this, became the protectors of the body of the deceased. They were: Amset, Hapi, Duamutef, and Qebhsenuef. They were protected in turn by the goddesses Isis, Nephthys, Neith, and Selket. See also Amset, Duamutef, Hapi, Qebehsenuf.
The god of the earth, son of Shu and
Tefnut, brother and husband of Nut, and father of Osiris, Set, Isis,
and Nephthys. Sacred animal and symbol was the goose. He is
generally represented as a man with green or black skin - the color
of living things, and the color of the fertile Nile mud,
respectively. It was said that Geb would hold imprisoned the souls
of the wicked, that they might not ascend to heaven. Note Geb is
masculine, contrasting with many other traditions of Earth being
See also Nut.
|See Horus of Behedet.
|Hapi (Golden Dawn, Ahephi)
One of the Four Sons of Horus, Hapi was
represented as a mummified man with the head of a baboon. He was the
protector of the lungs of the deceased, and was protected by the
The name Hapi, spelled with different hieroglyphs, in most but not all cases, is also the name of the god who was the personification of the River Nile, depicted as a corpulent man (fat signifying abundance) with a crown of lilies (Upper Nile) or papyrus plants (Lower Nile).
See also Four Sons of Horus, Nephthys.
|Hathor (Het-heru, Het-Hert)
A very old goddess of Egypt, worshiped
as a cow-deity from earliest times. The name "Hathor" is the Greek
corruption of the variants Het-Hert ("the House Above") and Het-Heru
("the House of Horus"). Both terms refer to her as a sky goddess.
She was frequently equated with Isis. She was worshipped at Edfu as
the consort of Horus. At Thebes, she was considered the goddess of
the dead. She was also the patron of love, dance, alcohol, and
See also Isis.
|Harpocrates (Hor-pa-kraat; Golden Dawn, Hoor-par-kraat)
"Horus the Child", the son of Isis and
Osiris as a little suckling child, distinguished from Horus the
Elder, who was the patron deity of Upper Egypt. Represented as a
young boy with a child's sidelock of hair, sucking his finger. The
Golden Dawn attributed Silence to him, presumably because the
sucking of the finger is suggestive of the common "shhh" gesture.
See also Horus.
Rewritten and reformatted from the
original "Frequently Asked Questions and Information about Egyptian
Mythology", 8 May 1994 revision, by Shawn C. Knight.
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