Facts About Horus, The Egyptian God

Horus was a powerful ancient god in Egyptian mythology. He was worshipped in Egypt from the pre-historic era (3100 BCE) to at least Greco-Roman era (8th century BCE). Horus is represented as a man with a falcon’s head and was regarded as the god of the sky. Check out these facts about Horus – the Egyptian God.

Horus in Egyptian Mythology

As per the Egyptian Mythology, Horus was the son of Osiris (god of the underworld) and Isis

(goddess of the sky). Osiris was killed by his brother Seth. His wife Isis brought him back to life and later gave birth to Horus.

In another myth, Hathor is believed to be the mother of Horus and sometimes regarded as his wife.

The image depicting Horus with “double crown” is from the “Book of the Dead”. (Image source: http://riordan.wikia.com)

Horus avenged the murder of Seth

Horus grew up seeking to avenge the killing of his father. He challenged Seth into a battle. During the battle, Horus lost an eye. Their battle continued until finally, an assembly of gods intervened and declared Horus as the sole legitimate ruler of Egypt.

Worship of Horus

Horus was worshipped in various forms through the time. Horus is also represented as the eye of the hawk. The most renowned form was that of the falcon-headed god.

Horus is often depicted on doors and temple rooms with a double crown, falcon-headed sun or as a winged hawk. Put together with his father Osiris and mother Isis, the trio represented the most important deities in the Egyptian mythology.

The eye of Horus

The eye of Horus is associated with regeneration, rebirth and the five senses. It is associated with the goddess Wadjet, daughter of Ra.

It was believed that the amulet of the eye had healing powers. It was used to protect the living from diseases and the dead from the disintegration of their body.

An ancient belief held that the eye of Horus represented the sun and the moon. However, it was known that the “sun” was assigned to the Egyptian god, Ra. This led to the eye of Horus being assigned to the moon.

The eye of Horus was worn by people as an amulet. These days, the eye of Horus is also popular as a tattoo.

Pharaoh was considered the earthly manifestation of Horus

Egyptian pharaohs were considered to be the incarnations of Horus.

Similarities in stories of Horus and Jesus

Many life events of Jesus Christ and Horus are strikingly similar. Many theorists claim that since the Egyptian mythology is older than that of Christian, the story of Jesus Christ might have been stolen from the story of Horus.

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