The ancient Egyptian deities

Ancient Egyptian Deities

Studying ancient Egyptian beliefs is a very interesting part of the knowledge that one can add to the intellect. An enormous number of ancient Egyptian deities accompanied by the myths surrounding them formed the core of these beliefs. Therefore, we can define the Ancient Egyptian Deities as those gods and goddesses whom the Ancient Egyptians worshipped. Additionally, the beliefs and rituals surrounding these gods founded the ancient Egyptian religion, emerged sometime in prehistory.

Also, the natural surroundings and events affecting Egypt itself presumably influenced Ancient Egyptian mythology. Thus, we can notice that these deities represented natural forces and phenomena. Therefore, the Egyptians supported and appeased them through offerings and rituals. Accordingly, the offerings aimed at keeping the divine order, Maat, functioning.

Pharaoh Role in Religion

The ancient Egyptian pharaoh played a vital role in religion. Early signs prove that he started performing this role immediately after the foundation of the Egyptian state. Historically, the pharaoh started playing this role around 3100 BC. By then, the pharaoh started to control the authority to perform the rituals. Certainly, among these rituals was giving offerings to gods in their temples. Thus, the pharaohs hold the task to be the intermediate between people and those gods presenting offerings and fulfilling rituals. Generally, the pharaoh was the god’s representative and his son on earth.

Number of Ancient Egyptian Deities

A big number of deities, 2800 gods, formed the ancient Egyptian religion. Some of these deities played an essential role in the universe; while, the other ones a minor role. Herein, we give an idea about the most prominent gods in ancient Egypt, according to the following order:

Goddesses in Ancient Egypt

  1. Isis.
  2. Amentet.
  3. Ammit.
  4. Anput.
  5. Anat.
  6. Anuket (Anukis).
  7. Bast.
  8. Bat.
  9. Hathor.
  10. Hatmehyt.
  11. Hededet.
  12. Hemsut.
  13. Heqet.
  14. Also, Hesat.
  15. Iabet.
  16. Kauket.
  17. Kebechet.
  18. Maat.
  19. Menhet (Menhit).
  20. Meretseger.
  21. Meskhenet.
  22. Mut.
  23. Naunet.
  24. Nehmetawy.
  25. Nekhbet.
  26. Neith.
  27. Nephthys.
  28. Nut.
  29. Qadesh.
  30. Renenutet.
  31. Renpet.
  32. Satet (Satis).
  33. Sekhmet.
  34. Seshat.
  35. Serqet (Selkit).
  36. Sopdet (Sothis).
  37. Taweret.
  38. Tayet.
  39. Tefnut.
  40. Tjenenet.
  41. Wadjet.
  42. Besides, Weret-hekau

Goddess Isis

Goddess Isis is one of the famous goddesses in ancient Egypt. Religiously, she was the goddess of fertility, motherhood, magic, death, healing and rebirth. This Goddess came originally came from a divine family. According to family origins, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, the god of earth, and Nut, the deity of the sky. Besides, she was the wife of her brother Osiris and gave birth to the god Horus.

Goddess Hathor

Goddess Hathor was one of the major goddesses according to the ancient Egyptian religion. Sacredly, she was the goddess of sky, music, dance, joy, love, sexuality and maternal care. In addition, she was the heavenly mother of Horus and Ra.

Ancient Egyptian Gods

  1. Amun of Luxor.
  2. Ahy.
  3. Am-heh.
  4. Andjety
  5. Anhur(Onuris).
  6. Anubis
  7. Apep (Apophis).
  8. Aten.
  9. Atum.
  10. Also, Banebdjed
  11. Bes.
  12. Geb.
  13. Hapi.
  14. Heka (Hike).
  15. Heryshef.
  16. Horus.
  17. Horus the Elder.
  18. Khentykhem.
  19. Horus Behedet.
  20. Horus son of Isis.
  21. Horakhty.
  22. Horemakhet.
  23. Hu.
  24. Imiut.
  25. Khentiamentiu.
  26. Khepri (Kheper).
  27. Kherty (Cherti).
  28. KhonsuKhnum.
  29. Kuk.
  30. Maahes (Mihos).
  31. Maahaf.
  32. Min.
  33. Montu.
  34. Nefertum.
  35. Nun.
  36. Osiris.
  37. Ptah.
  38. Ra.
  39. Reshep.
  40. Sahu.
  41. Serapis (Sarapis)
  42. Sepa.
  43. Set.
  44. Shai.
  45. Shu.
  46. Sia.
  47. Sobek.
  48. Sokar.
  49. Sopdu (Sopedu).
  50. Thoth.
  51. Besides, Wepwawet.

God Amun

God Amun was the name of a deity, in Egyptian mythology, who became one of the most important deities in Ancient Egypt. His name also spelt Amon, Amoun, Amen; sometimes, Imen. Amun’s name means “The Invisible.”

The ancient Egyptians depicted the god Amun in various shapes. At the same time, Amun appeared in a form of a man with a ram-head, a frog-headed man and a ram. Besides, he looked like a man wearing an ostrich plumed crown, and a goose.

God Horus

God Horus is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. He was the God of the Kingdom, the sky, and the God of Living. Also, Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris, as well.

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