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Egypt had one of the largest and most complex pantheons of gods of any civilization in the ancient world.
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Egypt had one of the largest and most complex pantheons of gods of any civilization in the ancient world. Over the course of Egyptian history hundreds of gods and goddesses were worshipped.
The characteristics of individual gods could be hard to pin down. Most had a principle association for example, with the sun or the underworld and form. But these could change over time as gods rose and fell in importance and evolved in ways that corresponded to developments in Egyptian society. Here are a few of the most important deities to know. He also symbolized death, resurrection, and the cycle of Nile floods that Egypt relied on for agricultural fertility.
According to the myth, Osiris was a king of Egypt who was murdered and dismembered by his brother Seth. His wife, Isis, reassembled his body and resurrected him, allowing them to conceive a son, the god Horus. He was represented as a mummified king, wearing wrappings that left only the green skin of his hands and face exposed. The origins of Isis are obscure. Over time she grew in importance, though, eventually becoming the most important goddess in the pantheon.
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. He was also the embodiment of the divine kingship, and in some eras the reigning king was considered to be a manifestation of Horus. According to the Osiris myth, Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris, magically conceived after the murder of Osiris by his brother Seth.
One tradition holds that Horus lost his left eye fighting with Seth, but his eye was magically healed by the god Thoth. Seth was the god of chaos, violence, deserts, and storms. In the Osiris myth, he is the murderer of Osiris in some versions of the myth, he tricks Osiris into laying down in a coffin and then seals it shut. He is often depicted as an animal or as a human with the head of an animal.
He usually has a long snout and long ears that are squared at the tips. In his fully animal form, he has a thin doglike body and a straight tail with a tuft on the end. Many scholars now believe that no such animal ever existed and that the Seth animal is some sort of mythical composite. Ptah was the head of a triad of gods worshipped at Memphis. The 4th-dynasty architect Imhotep was deified after his death as a son of Ptah.
One of several deities associated with the sun, the god Re was usually represented with a human body and the head of a hawk. It was believed that he sailed across the sky in a boat each day and then made a passage through the underworld each night, during which he would have to defeat the snake god Apopis in order to rise again.
Over time, Re came to be syncretized with other sun deities, especially Amon. Hathor embodied motherhood and fertility, and it was believed that she protected women in childbirth. In some traditions, she would welcome the setting sun every night; living people hoped to be welcomed into the afterlife in the same way. Anubis was concerned with funerary practices and the care of the dead. He was usually represented as a jackal or as a man with the head of a jackal. The association of jackals with death and funerals likely arose because Egyptians would have observed jackals scavenging around cemeteries.
In the Old Kingdom c. According to the Osiris myth, Anubis embalmed and wrapped the body of the murdered king, becoming the patron god for embalmers. Thoth , the god of writing and wisdom, could be depicted in the form of a baboon or a sacred ibis or as a man with the head of an ibis. He was believed to have invented language and the hieroglyphic script and to serve as a scribe and adviser for the gods. As the god of wisdom, Thoth was said to possess knowledge of magic and secrets unavailable to the other gods.
In underworld scenes showing the judgment undergone by the deceased after their deaths, Thoth is depicted as weighing the hearts of the deceased and reporting the verdict to Osiris, the god of the dead. In her earliest forms, the cat goddess Bastet was represented as a woman with the head of a lion or a wild cat.
She took the less ferocious form of a domestic cat in the first millennium BCE. In later periods she was often represented as a regal-looking seated cat, sometimes wearing rings in her ears or nose. In the Ptolemaic period she came to be associated with the Greek goddess Artemis , the divine hunter and goddess of the moon.
Before rising to national importance in the New Kingdom c. His animal symbols were the ram and the goose. After the rulers of Thebes rebelled against a dynasty of foreign rulers known as the Hyksos and reestablished native Egyptian rule throughout Egypt, Amon received credit for their victory.
In a form merged with the sun god Re, he became the most powerful deity in Egypt, a position he retained for most of the New Kingdom. Today the massive temple complex devoted to Amon-Re at Karnak is one of the most visited monuments in Egypt. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree Isis nursing Horus, calcite and bronze sculpture from Egypt, c.
Ptah, holding the emblems of life and power, bronze statuette, Memphis, c. The sun god Re Ra , one of the creator gods of ancient Egypt. Hathor, relief on capitals at Philae island, southern Egypt.
Anubis weighing the soul of the scribe Ani, from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, c. Thoth, represented in human form with an ibis's head, detail from the Greenfield Papyrus, c. Egyptian cat statue representing the goddess Bastet. Granite statue of Amon in the form of a ram protecting King Taharqa, 25th dynasty, — bce. Load More.
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More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. Gods and goddesses—in human, animal, and other forms—were central to the ancient Egyptian way of life. Identified with the natural world, daily living, and the afterlife, they maintained order and prevented chaos from permeating the human world. The figures documented in ancient hieroglyphics are given dimension in this absorbing volume, which examines the characteristics and significance of many of the Egyptian gods and goddesses and also looks at related topics such as ancient symbols and the influence of Egyptian mythology on other cultures and belief systems.
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Editor's Note Dear reader, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. No book that I have read on deities of Ancient Egypt has managed to cover all of them. Some of them were good and some were most unsatisfactory. Those good are either out of print or cost too much money. In either case they are inaccessible to many earnest researchers.
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