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A primordial goddess with the head of a
frog, worshipped as one of the Eight Gods at Hermopolis, and seen as
the consort of Khnum at Antinoe.
See also Khnum.
A composite deity in Crowley's
quasi-Egyptian mythology; composed of Ra-Hoor-Khuit and
Hoor-par-kraat. The name, translated into Egyptian, means something
approximating "Horus and Ra be Praised!" Of course, this could
simply be another corruption due to the inferior Victorian
understanding of the Egyptian language, and it is possible Crowley
had something entirely different in mind for the translation of the
See also Ra-Horakhty, Harpocrates.
One of the most important deities of
Egypt. As the Child, Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis, who, upon
reaching adulthood, avenges his father's death, by defeating and
castrating his evil uncle Set. He then became the divine prototype
of the Pharaoh.
As Heru-Ur, "Horus the Elder", he was the patron deity of Upper (Southern) Egypt from the earliest times; initially, viewed as the twin brother of Set (the patron of Lower Egypt), but he became the conqueror of Set c. 3100 B.C.E. when Upper Egypt conquered Lower Egypt and formed the unified kingdom of Egypt.
See also Isis, Osiris, Set.
|Horus of Behedet (Hadit)|
A form of Horus worshipped in the city
of Behdet, shown in the well-known form of a solar disk with a great
pair of wings, usually seen hovering above important scenes in
Egyptian religious art. Made popular by Aleister Crowley under the
poorly transliterated name "Hadit", the god appears to have been a
way of depicting the omnipresence of Horus. As Crowley says in
Magick in Theory and Practice, "the infinitely small and atomic yet
omnipresent point is called HADIT."
See also Horus.
Imhotep was the architect, physician,
scribe, and grand vizier of the IIIrd Dynasty pharaoh Zoser. It was
Imhotep who conceived and built the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. In the
Late Period, Imhotep was worshipped as the son of Ptah and a god of
medicine, as well as the patron (with Thoth) of scribes. The Greeks
considered him to be Asklepios.
See also Ptah, Thoth.
Perhaps the most important goddess of
all Egyptian mythology, Isis assumed, during the course of Egyptian
history, the attributes and functions of virtually every other
important goddess in the land. Her most important functions,
however, were those of motherhood, marital devotion, healing the
sick, and the working of magical spells and charms. She was believed
to be the most powerful magician in the universe, owing to the fact
that she had learned the Secret Name of Ra from the god himself. She
was the sister and wife of Osiris, sister of Set, and twin sister of
Nephthys. She was the mother of Horus the Child (Harpocrates), and
was the protective goddess of Horus's son Amset, protector of the
liver of the deceased.
Isis was responsible for protecting Horus from Set during his infancy; for helping Osiris to return to life; and for assisting her husband to rule in the land of the Dead.
Her cult seems to have originally centered, like her husband's, at Abydos near the Delta in the North (Lower Egypt); she was adopted into the family of Ra early in Egyptian history by the priests of Heliopolis, but from the New Kingdom onwards (c. 1500 BC) her worship no longer had any particular identifiable center, and she became more or less universally worshiped, as her husband was.
See also Horus, Osiris.
The creator-god, according to early
Heliopolitan cosmology; assimilated with Atum and Ra. The Egyptian
root "kheper" signifies several things, according to context, most
notably the verb "to create" or "to transform", and also the word
for "scarab beetle". The scarab, or dung beetle, was considered
symbolic of the sun since it rolled a ball of dung in which it laid
its eggs around with it - this was considered symbolic of the sun
god propelling the sphere of the sun through the sky.
See also Ra.
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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