Gods of Egypt

Welcome back to my website. Since last we met I have had my head in the clouds thinking about the gods in ancient Egypt, of which, there were many. Over two−thousand types of gods and goddesses in fact, walked, crawled, fled, screeched and sought shade in the heat. It is no secret that the forms of the gods were many in Egypt, they ranged from cats and birds to crocodiles and jackals, hippopotamus’, bulls, snakes and every other living animal you can think of, and some grotesque, gargoyle−like one’s you can’t! Not only did the gods create the land but they ruled it, from the nomes, (provinces) to the rivers and the wind. They also ruled the sky. Anhur was a ‘sky bearer’, he was also a God of war, as was Horus, and it is no secret that Ra was the sun god and Khonsu, the moon god. (Some say Isis is the moon.) Multiple tasks were befitted to the gods for everyone to worship them in every aspect of their day, and they were loved.

Osiris and Isis were gods before creation. In the beginning of time they shaped the earth and created prosperity until Osiris’s brother, Seth killed Osiris and chopped up his body. Isis loved Osiris. She found his manhood and impregnated herself, but their child, Horus, was stung by scorpions in the marshes while Isis went to get him food. Isis became distraught. Ra stopped his heavenly boat in the sky and sent clever Thoth to investigate, saying there would be no light until Isis was happy again. Isis travelled to the underworld in disguise and found Seth. She tricked him into giving Horus back the title of ‘King of all that Lives’. When Seth sympathised with her plight he said that her son was allowed to take back whatever the trickster stole from him. Once the all−seeing Ra heard what he said, Horus was crowned ‘King of all that Lives’.

Some of Egypt’s gods and goddesses are very much alive and, in our minds, today. If Hathor’s sister, Isis was the goddess of magic and a healer, does it mean that in our time Isis would be an ultimate inventor, medicine woman or forward thinker? After all magic is meant to be something we just haven’t thought about, yet. (Arthur C. Clarke.)

What I find fascinating about Egypt’s religions is that any worthy religion was assimilated into their own religious way of life. In my opinion this was cleverly done. Look at it from the Pharaoh’s point of view: if a ‘god’ was deemed strong enough to conquer their territory then surely, he must be a strong god? A god of might and power to challenge the beacon of light that is Amun? Well, that is how he viewed it. What an exciting way of looking at things. I wonder, if all religions were compounded in to one, would the world be a better, safer, less violent place today…?