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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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                                                       Egyptian Gods

          The myths, legends and stories of gods have always fascinated me. But from all of the different kinds of gods, Egyptian gods have always been my favorite. Its really amazing how the gods live, what kind of power they have, what kind of clothes they wear and even the way the interesting ways the gods are related to each other. The Egyptians were geniuses. They created the idea of gods existing in order to try to explain how things work. Like when there’s lightening or thunder, the Egyptians would create a god to understand why those things happen. Since the Egyptians didn’t know anything about modern science, they couldn’t explain why those natural things happen. In order to try to explain it, they just created the existence of gods. Its just a way for them to try to understand how things are the way they are. For them, its at least better to think the gods are angry rather than being confused on how things work. There are numerous gods that the Egyptians have created. For example, Ra is their sun god. Isis is their female goddess and there are over two thousand different kinds of gods. Amun is the king of gods and there was a moment when he combined with Ra, the sun god, and he became even more powerful then he has originally been. Another important and prominent god is Anubis. He was the god of mummification, which is also known as embalming and the dead. Anubis guarded necropolis and he often wore a special type of mask while performing the mummification ceremonies. The gods have different kinds of magic and power. Some of them are believed to protect the women, protect the men, protect their land or literally protect anything. But some gods stand for other things such as death, celebration, the sun or even love. Some gods are just simple and they look just like normal human beings, but some of the gods has extra features. For example, the gods can have a normal human body and a cat’s head or a dog’s head, a ram’s head, a jackal’s head, a goose’s head, a cow’s head, a lioness’s head, a falcon’s head, a frog’s head, a bird’s head a crocodile’s head and even an eagle’s head. You can differentiate the gods’ ranks by one obvious thing. And that’s their clothing and the staff that the gods use. The higher the rank, the better the gods will be dressed and the more elegant they will look. The gods were known to live in each district of Egypt. And the priests would build the statues of them in each shrine and temple built of the respective gods in each district. And on some occasions, the myths and legends said that the gods used to pay visits to each other and give their blessings to the land. According to the Egyptians, the fortunes and misfortunes of the regions depended on the gods each region believed in.
          The god I’ll be talking about in this research is Isis. The goddess Isis was a talented, clever and an intelligent women. She was the wife as well as the sister of Osiris and mother of Horus. Isis is usually seen carrying a headdress with a throne or a moon and a sun disk. Her name means “Stone Seat” representing the accessories on her head. She was really famous for her skillfulness in magic, her mysterious aura she gives off and for her secrets. Isis was multitalented too. There was really nothing she couldn’t do and in tarots, she was name “The high priestess carrying the scroll of secrets”.
          There was a really interesting story of Isis that was really well known. She was known for the foundation idea of mummification. When her brother Seth died, she searched and collected all the dismembered parts of Osiris’s body and put them together with bandages. And thus, the idea of mummification started. Plus, she brought back Osiris back to life. Which proudly represented the idea of resurrection that has profoundly influenced other religions like Christianity. Her idea influenced many Egyptians and the world and that also made her the ultimate Egyptian goddess.
          Isis was a goddess from the polytheistic pantheon of Egypt. She was first worshipped in the ancient Egyptian religion and later; her worship has spread throughout the Roman Empire. Isis is the only goddess that is believed to be still actively working and is still widely worshipped by many pagans today in diverse religious contexts. Also including a number of distinct pagan religions, the modern Goddess movement, and interfaith organizations such as the Fellowship of Isis. The Egyptians still believe that Isis still lives and is going around helping people and making the people happy by taking care of them.
          Isis was worshipped as the ideal type of mother and wide as well as the goddess of nature and magic. All Egyptians respected her for her wisdom and her carefulness is making all kinds of decisions. Slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden loved and respected her because even when they are known to be guilty and discriminated by the citizens, Isis still listened to their prayers and remained their friend. Not only she listened the players of those who are sinned and poor, she didn’t leave the rich behind. Isis also attended to the rich, the wealthy, the maiden, the aristocrats and even the rulers such as the pharaohs. The Egyptians respected and thought of Isis as a mother and therefore she was also known as the protector of the dead and goddess of children.
          The goddess’s name Isis meant, “Throne” representing her headdress. As the personification of the throne, she was a prior representation of the pharaoh’s power. The Egyptians depicted the pharaoh as Isis’s child who sat on the throne that she provided. Her cult was popular throughout Egypt but her most important temples were Behbeit El-Hagar in the Nile delta and Egyptians go there to pay homage.
          The magic Isis possesses is really amazing. It was said that Isis has tricked Ra into telling her his “secret name” by causing a snake to bite him. But the only cure, the antidote to the venom was with Isis. So by knowing his secret name, it was said that Isis could have overpowered him. Later on, the use of secret names became central in many late Egyptian spells. And there’s no doubt that Isis has influenced them. By the late Egyptian historical period, after the occupations by the Greeks and Romans, Isis became the most important and most incredible powerful deity of the Egyptian Pantheon because of her magical skills. Magic was central to the entire mythology of Isis. Isis had a central role in the Egyptian magic spells and ritual, especially those of protection and healing. Mostly her spells merged with her son Horus’s. His power has always accompanied hers whenever she is invoked. In most Egyptian history, the image of a wounded Horus has became a standard feature of his very own mother Isis’s healing spells, which typically invoked the curative powers of Isis’s sweet magic milk. The magic of Isis influenced many Egyptians in many ways.
          Isis was said to have given birth to Horus at Khemmis, which is known to be at the Nile Delta. Another set of late myths have also revealed the adventures of Isis after the birth f Osiris’s posthumous son, Horus. Many dangers have faced Horus after his birth and Isis had to flee with the newborn to escape the wrath of Set, the murderer of her husband. Isis acted as a good mother and didn’t let go of Horus through all the difficulties. At one instance, Isis has to heal Horus from a deathly lethal scorpion sting. She also had to perform other miracles in relation to the Cippi or the plaques of Horus. Isis protected and raised Horus by even risking her life until Horus reached the age when he’s ready to become the pharaoh of Egypt. Isis faced countless dangers during the process but she could withstand and over come all the difficulties because of her love for her son, Horus. But eventually, she had to let go of her son when he was ready to become king and take care of the country. Isis was the role model of the mothers and everyone will always respect her.
          Isis is depicted as a woman wearing a vulture head-dress and the solar disk between a pair of horns (which is sometimes underneath the symbol of her name, the throne). Occasionally she wears the double-crowns of the North and the South with the feather of Ma'at, or a pair of ram's horns. Isis as a woman (not a goddess) is portrayed with the ordinary head-dress of a woman, but with the uraeus over her forehead. The more beautiful and more elegant the goddess wear, the higher the rank of the goddess is. Egyptians are really very interesting and very creative.
          The life of Egyptians is really fascinating. Their creations about the Egyptian gods are really a mystery and an interesting case. Since I was young, I read many books about the gods. My grandma used to tell me myths and stories about them too. Since them, I have always been really curious about the Egyptian gods and wanted to learn more about them. Their myths, their legends, their powers have been extremely fun for me to learn and that makes me remember all of them in my head. I used to watch all kinds of movies that included about the gods and I really loved them! My friends and me also used to read the “Percy Jackson” series about Greek gods. We always fan girl over the amazing powers of the gods and how they worked. Especially the Egyptian gods are really unique. When I was young the animal headed gods and goddesses always amazed me. They really seem interesting and that makes me inquire more about them. I was a kid. I didn’t know that gods or goddesses with animal heads could exist. I just thought everything was normal. But after reading about the ancient gods and goddesses, my life changed. I started to see things in a better point of view and it made my life more colorful. The goddess Isis is really a fascinating goddess for me. She inspires me in many things. For example, she taught me to be kind and care about everyone. The goddess Isis was a perfect role model that taught the Egyptian and the world many important things. Not only did she talk about the good things, she also gave lessons on the bad things that could happen in life. Isis was a protective goddess. She used powerful magic spells to help people in need. Isis is often shown holding Horus on her lap. Isis is associated with thrones because her lap was the first 'throne' that Horus sat upon. Isis loved and protected her son. Every mother should take that as an example. The existences of the gods and goddesses have shaped Egyptian life effectively and in a good way. The Egyptians’ way of living won’t be the same without the gods shaping their lives. In a way, it’s a really good thing. Who knows? Maybe if the Egyptians didn’t create or worshipped any gods, things wont be the same until now. Studying about the life of gods and goddesses can be really interesting and educative. You can take the good things they do and we can learn about the bad choices they made so that we can try to not do those by ourselves. The gods and goddesses have helped the Egyptians in many ways. They were there to explain how all things worked. When the Egyptians couldn’t understand how and what science is, the gods were there to explain or cover everything for them. Learning about them is never a lost for us and we must all respect them.


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