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Ancient Gods


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ROYAL MORTALS AND THE GODS

1. Isis and Sethi I
2. Queen Nefertari
3. Isis and Queen Nefertari
4. Hathor and Sethi I
5. Ramses II and Nefertari Offering to Isis

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In simple terms, the Ancient Egyptian Gods rose out of a need to explain the mysteries of nature and creation and developed into Religion. The Nile was so important to the very existence of life, that rituals to encourage consistency and abundance became totally combined with religious ritual and association with the various Gods. This is a familliar development process for most of the ancient religions and beliefs from ancient Greek and Roman to India and beyond.

It is beyond the scope of this site to go into any detail of the Ancient Egyptian Religion. It is a very complex and fascinating subject which cannot possibly be covered in a few simple words. However, the names of many of the Gods are well known and have captured the imagination of visitors to Egypt for centuries. Below is a list of some of the better known Gods together with a brief summary of the relationships between some of them.

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The Ancient Gods - In Brief!




Anubis attending to the Mouth Opening Ceremony on a mummy
(image from the tomb of Nebenmaat, a tomb worker)


Ra - The Sun God, the one who was there at the beginning.
Amun - the Father of life who later combined with Ra to become Amun-Ra the all important State God.
Osisris, Isis, Seth & Nephthys came from the Creation of the Universe.
Ptah created Heaven and Earth.
Sekhmet was the Wife of Ptah.
Seth murdered his Brother Osiris by trapping him in a coffin and then threw him in the Nile!
Nephthys was Sister and Wife to Seth (!)
Isis was Osiris' Sister and Wife (!) and sometime after his death was able to revive him long enough to conceive Horus.
Osiris was chosen to judge dead mortals who wanted to follow him to Heaven. He sat in judgement as their heart was put in the balance against a feather of the Goddess Maat, who stood for truth.
Horus - a Falcon, avenged his Father Osiris.
Thoth was given the Moon and appointed assistant to the Sun God, Ra.
Isis together with Horus, Anubis and Thoth were able to reassemble the previously dissmembered parts of the body of Osiris, add a phallus (the original having been eaten by fish), wrap it in bandages and thereby create the first Mummy.
Hathor, the Goddess of Love, Joy and Music first suckled Horus then later became his wife.

. . . A truly amazing mythology which deserves to be given more attention and detail than it is remotely possible to give here.


Khnum
Khnum
Ram headed
God of Fertility
Anubis
Anubis
God of Funerary
matters
Sebek
Sebek
Crocodile God
of Fertility
Isis
Isis
Mother of all Gods
and Nature
Osiris
Osiris
God of Vegetation
and Regeneration
Hathor
Hathor
Protector of
Women
Ra
Ra
The Sun God
Horus
Horus
Solar God of War
and Childbirth!
Montu
Montu
God of War
Amun
Amun
The Father of
Life
Min
Min
God of Fertility
and Harvest
Ptah
Ptah
Creator of Heaven
and Earth
Seth
Seth
God of Chaos
and Destruction
Thoth
Thoth
God of Wisdom
and Writing
Sekhmet
Sekhmet
Lioness Goddess
of War
Ma'at
Ma'at
Goddess of Justice
and Order
Neith
Neith
Goddess of the
Warrior
Nephthys
Nephthys
Sister of Isis
Mistress of House
Anubis - the Jackal
Anubis
The Jackal
Guardian of the Dead
Nut
Nut
She Swallows the Sun at night and gives
birth to it again at dawn







Additional information about the Gods of Ancient Egypt can be obtained from
the following site created for Tour Egypt - Click here for Gods of Egypt











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