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Egyptian Deity: Osiris the Ancient Egyptian God of the Afterlife

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Osiris is one of the most well-known gods in ancient Egyptian mythology. He played a central role in the religious beliefs and funerary practices of ancient Egypt.  Osiris was also associated with fertility and the annual flooding of the Nile River, which was essential for Egypt's agriculture. His death and resurrection were seen as symbolic of the annual cycle of planting and harvesting. Osiris played a vital role in the Egyptian concept of the afterlife. It was believed that individuals would be judged by Osiris and a panel of gods after death. If their hearts were found to be pure...

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Egyptian Deity: Seth the protective god of chaos

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In Egyptian mythology, Seth, also known as Set, is an ancient deity representing chaos, disorder, and the desert. He was associated with storms, violence, and natural disasters that could disrupt the harmony of the world. Seth was often depicted with the head of an unidentified animal, possibly a composite creature with features of an aardvark or jackal. He was sometimes shown as a muscular man with the head of the animal on top of an elongated snout.   One of the most significant myths involving Seth is his ongoing feud with his brother Osiris. According to the myth, Seth murdered Osiris...

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Egyptian Deity Bes: The Protector to Mothers & Children

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Egyptian Bes is a deity from ancient Egyptian mythology. He is often depicted as a dwarf with a lion-like mane, sticking out his tongue, and displaying other grotesque features. Bes was considered a protector deity, associated with households, childbirth, and fertility.  Bes was known for his role in warding off evil spirits and protecting people from harm. He was believed to be particularly effective against malevolent forces that might harm children or mothers during childbirth. Many amulets and talismans featuring Bes were used by ancient Egyptians as protective charms. Bes was also associated with music, dance, and joy. He was...

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Egyptian Travels: Giant statues at the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III

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On a recent trip to Luxor, Egypt, I was in the backseat of a van on the way to Medinet Habu. I looked out the window and noticed two giant statues sitting in an open field by the road. Our guide turned the car around so we could get a closer look. This was the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III.   The two 60 foot statues of Amenhotep III stand at the gates of the pharaoh's funerary temple. Behind the large statues, you can see that archeologists are working to excavate and reconstruct the rest of the temple. The...

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Egyptian Travel: The Temple of Hatshepsut

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The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahri, near Luxor, is one of the most extraordinary temples in all of Egypt. The entire structure was designed to blend in with the surrounding mountainous landscape. Hatshepsut was the female king of Egypt who adopted the full titles and regalia of a pharaoh.   But scenes on the walls of the Deir El-Bahri temple had deep red details. We were surprised to see the tree of life and palm trees because they were not common in the other temples we visited.  Hatshepsut's temple consists of three levels with steep stairs between the levels.  There are many...

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