Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine PinchFrom stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.
Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture--from 3200 BC to AD 400--Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic period. She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the inundation, a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets. Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God. A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. For anyone who wants to know about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.
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Ancient Egypt is a never ending source of inspiration for many of us — their myths , their history, and their art are so wonderful and enigmatic, that they have intrigued researchers for decades. But perhaps the most astonishing part of the ancient Egyptians is their religion. Their pantheon has numerous gods that are associated with many parts of everyday life in ancient Egypt and exploring it is a very enthralling task. Ancient Egyptian society placed great emphasis on the polytheistic, highly complex belief in many deities and the myths associated with them. Many of these gods and goddesses had an animal form, as these animals played a crucial role in the everyday lives of Egyptians. In fact, this pantheon was so complex that it contained more than deities, with some scholars claiming that this number is even greater. The Egyptians believed that these deities were present in every part of their life and would influence both nature and the lives of humans.
Posted By: Dattatreya Mandal January 16, For example, the cyclic pattern of the sun and seasonal pattern of Nile floods that enriched the soil played their crucial roles in establishing the water and the sun as symbols of life. The very geographical core of the ancient Egyptian civilization — the fertile Nile Delta, was surrounded by arid lands and deserts populated by fringe groups of raiders and nomads. Inspired by these real-time scenarios, the Egyptians regarded their land as the haven for tranquil stability, which in turn was ringed by swathes of lawless realms — thus essentially creating the trichotomy of order, chaos, and renewal; themes that are integral to the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. This was the epoch when Egyptian pharaohs united both the Upper and Lower realms, which in turn made such kings the focus of adulation in the religious context.
The god of the sun, Ra was the first pharaoh of the world, back in the days when gods inhabited Egypt. The Egyptians celebrated each sunrise, when Ra emerged victorious again and caused a new day to begin. After many centuries, Ra became old and senile, and retreated into the heavens, giving up his throne to Osiris. The god of the earth, Geb was one of the first gods to appear from the sea of chaos at the beginning of time. He appears as a man made of earth, with rivers, forests and hills across his entire body. Nut was Geb's wife, the goddess of the sky.
For all ancient people, the world was filled with mystery. Much of what they experienced in the world around them was unknowable and frightening.
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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.
This is a list of Egyptian Gods and goddesses from Egyptian mythology. The old Egyptians worshipped a few gods at different times and in different places. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aker — A god of the earth and the horizon  Amun — A creator god, patron deity of the city of Thebes , and the preeminent deity in Egypt during the New Kingdom  Anhur — A god of war and hunting   Aten — Sun disk deity who became the focus of the monolatrous or monotheistic Atenist belief system in the reign of Akhenaten  Atum — A creator god and solar deity, first god of the Ennead  Bennu — A solar and creator deity, depicted as a bird  Geb — An earth god and member of the Ennead  Hapi — Personification of the Nile flood  Horus — A major god, usually shown as a falcon or as a human child, linked with the sky, the sun, kingship, protection, and healing. Often said to be the son of Osiris and Isis.