The story behind Horus the ancient god of Egypt


Ancient Egypt, worshipped many gods. Some of the gods had the status of national gods. Those national gods were considered more powerful and superior than the other lesser gods. Horus was one of the ancient Egyptian gods, that was much recognised among others.

It was believed by the ancient Egyptians that, Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris. He was considered to be the youngest among the five children of his parents. Horus was know to the Egyptians as the name of a sky god.

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The name Horus is a Latin version of the Egyptian’s Hor which means “The distant one”. In Egyptians mythology, Horus is categorised into two, Horus the Elder and Horus the Younger. This post will concentrate on Horus the Elder.

Horus the Elder:

Horus the Elder is one of the oldest gods of Egypt. He was believed to have been born of the union between Geb (Earth) and Nut (Sky), shortly after the creation of the world. He was given charge over the sky and specifically the sun.

 There are lot of categories and duties attributed to Horus in many ancient stories of Egypt. In some stories, Horus is said to be the son of Hathor, also in others, she is his wife. Horus the Elder is again also depicted as a creator god and a benevolent protector. Rulers of the Predynastic Period in Egypt, (c. 6000-3150 BCE) were known to be “Followers of Horus” and this attest to an even earlier point of veneration in Egypt’s history.
 Horus the Elder in his role as the “Distant One”, he performed the duty as the Distance goddess, who went from Ra, and return bringing information. The sun and the moon were considered Horus eye because, he watched over them.
During the early dynastic period of Egypt, (c. 3150-2613 BCE) Horus the Elder was linked with the king of Egypt. [Although, rulers associated themselves to Horus the Younger in the later days]

There is an interesting story of Horus and Jesus Christ

Horus and Jesus controversy

The Cult of worshipping Horus elevated to a national level. Horus became so popular that worshipping him travelled through traders to Greece and then to Rome. This became a challenge to the new religion of Christianity in the 3rd to 5th centuries CE. Horus was travelled to other countries in the form of Horus the Child and influenced Christian iconography of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child.

There is the believe that Horus influenced Christianity through the concept of Dying and Reviving God who return from the dead to life to people who will believe and depend on Him; thus eternal life. This is not to say that, however, Christianity is the Horus Cult re-packaged nor that Horus was the prototype for the risen Christ.

Whatever be case, Horus the Elder was one great god of Egypt.

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