As I mentioned earlier in the week, the family had a little educational sojourn to the Franklin Institute to see the King Tut Exhibit. One of the things I learned was the fact that the Egyptian royalty believed in spells and higher powers to protect them and also help there transportation to the next life. I think they even had a Book of Shadows. So, I figured I would give a little something something about 13 Gods and Goddesses of Egyptian Mythology.
1.Ahy-God and protector of Musicians and Music. Maybe I can credit him for the Ipod.
2.Amentet-The god and protector of the setting sun. She is also the greeter, like St Peter in Catholicsm, and guide of those who have just crossed over to the afterlife.
3.Anpu-Originally the God of cemetaries, he was also thought to be the son of the Sun God, making him very powerful in the heirarchy. Later became the God of embalming and the guide to those of Northern Egypt when it came to death.
4. Atum-One of the nine deities of Egypt. He is believed to have been the physical creator of all things physically on the planet, through spitting or masturbation. I just wanted to find a way of working masturbation into a Thursday Thirteen.
5. Bastet-a cat goddess, she was the goddess of pregnant women and the patron for singing, music and dancing. I purchased a necklace with Bastet in her cat form, as a way of trying to change my own luck. Even if it looks a little girly.
6. Wadjet-The serpent mother and protector of all of Egypt. One of the key goddesses in Egyptian culture. Depicted usually as a cobra, her representation is the one you see on the royal headdress.
7.Duanmutef-One of the four gods that helped protect the entrails that were stored in those little gold canopys. Duanmutef was the protector of the stomach, which was removed during embalming.
8. Hapi-The god of the Nile itself. Always depicted as a fat man wearing blue or green mud, based on the belief that he was the creator of the Nile. As opposed to the Blue Man Group, who were the creators of raves as Broadway shows.
9. Hektet-Another goddess of fertility. She was depicted as frog, because of the creation of tadpoles every spring. She was a goddess scene often in the magical texts and her amulets were given to pregnant women to protect them during childbirth.
10. Eset-Known as Isis in english and greek, she was the goddess of love, magic, motherhood and children. She is one of the oldest known goddesses and also the one that remained the most unchanged from the time of her first mention. A goddess that was not only worshipped by Egyptians, but also Romans and Greeks.
11. Nebthet-The goddess of the mastery of Magic. She was said to be the protector and ruler of the open sands of Egypt. Known as the Lady of the House. Any time you give a woman that title, you know she is got some juice behind her. Its like calling a woman maam.
12. Re or Ra-The Sun God, the big kahuna, the head honcho of all the gods and goddesses. Another of the deity of 9, he controlled the Sun, which controlled everything else. Became for a brief time the top of a sole god hierarchy that was instituted by the King just before King Tut. This theology failed.
13. Shesmu-The god of sinners. Think of him as the Grim Reaper. It was his job to behead the sinners and make them pay for there trangressions under the order of Isis. Not exactly a shinny happy God.
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