Horus: The Ancient Egyptian Sky God


Horus, one of the most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, is often depicted as a falcon or a man with a falcon's head. He was worshipped from at least the late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt.
Horus is known as the sky god. The right eye of Horus represents the sun, and the left eye represents the moon. It is believed that he has the sky as his body, encapsulating the world, with the stars on his flesh during the night.
Horus is also known for his perpetual conflict with Set, the god of storms, desert, chaos, and disorder. This conflict pertains to who should inherit the throne after Osiris, their father. After many battles, Horus was declared the ruler of the living world. This story symbolizes the eternal struggle between order (Ma'at) and chaos (Isfet).
Horus had many forms and was often merged with other gods to form new deities. For instance, "Ra-Horakhty" means "Horus of the Two Horizons" and was a combination of Horus and Ra, the sun god.
Horus was also a god of war and hunting. The Pharaoh was seen as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. Pharaohs would have 'Horus names' which signified their rule over the physical world.
In conclusion, Horus, with his rich and complex mythology, played a crucial role in ancient Egyptian religion and understanding of the cosmos. His legacy continues to be seen today in the form of the Eye of Horus, a symbol of protection, royal power, and good health, widely used in jewelry and art.
I hope this gives you a brief understanding of the god Horus. If you need more detailed information, I recommend consulting academic resources or visiting a local library for comprehensive texts on ancient Egyptian mythology.


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