Horus: Ancient Egyptian Religion

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------------------------------------------------- Horus Horus | Horus was often the ancient Egyptians' nationalpatron god. He was usually depicted as a falcon-headed man wearing the pschent, or a red and white crown, as a symbol of kingship over the entire kingdom of Egypt. | Major cult center | Nekhen, Behdet Edfu | Symbol | The wedjat eye | Parents | Osiris and Isis in some myths, andNut and Geb in others. | Siblings | Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys(in some accounts) | Consort | Hathor (in one version) | Offspring | Imsety, Hapi, Duamutef,Qebehsenuef and Ihy | Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the…show more content…
As different cults formed, he became the son of Isis. Isis remained the sister of Osiris, Set, and Nephthys. ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Horus and the Pharaoh Pyramid texts ca. the 25th century BC describe the nature of the Pharaoh in different characters as both Horus and Osiris. The Pharaoh as Horus in life became the Pharaoh as Osiris in death, where he was united with the rest of the gods. New incarnations of Horus succeeded the deceased pharaoh on earth in the form of new Pharaohs. The lineage of Horus, the eventual product of unions between the children of Atum, may have been a means to explain and justify Pharaonic power; The gods produced by Atum were all representative of cosmic and terrestrial forces in Egyptian life; by identifying Horus as the offspring of these forces, then identifying him with Atum himself, and finally identifying the Pharaoh with Horus, the Pharaoh theologically had dominion over all the world. The notion of Horus as the Pharaoh seems to have been superseded by the concept of the Pharaoh as the son of Ra during the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt.…show more content…
In addition, he usually wears the united crowns of Egypt, the crown of upper Egypt and the crown of lower Egypt. He is a form of the rising sun, representing its earliest light. Heru-ur (Horus the Elder) In this form he represented the god of light and the husband of Hathor. He was one of the oldest gods of ancient Egypt. He became the patron of Nekhen (Hierakonpolis) and the first national god (God of the Kingdom). Later, he also became the patron of the pharaohs, and was called the son of truth. signifying his role as an important upholder of Maat. He was seen as a great falcon with outstretched wings whose right eye was the sun and the left one was the moon. In this form, he was sometimes given the title Kemwer, meaning (the) great black (one). The Greek form of Heru-ur (or Har wer) is Haroeris. Other variants include Hor Merti 'Horus of the two eyes' and Horkhenti Irti. ------------------------------------------------- Misconceptions in Popular

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