Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses
Isis – Sun – Anubis – Horus
The gods depicted in ancient Egyptian mythology lived, died, hunted, went into battle, gave birth, ate, drank, and had the same emotions as humans do today. he ancient Egyptian god’s reigns overlapped, and, in some instances, merged.
There was never an organized hierarchy of their reign. The dominance of Egyptian gods depended on the beliefs of the reigning king. Their ancient Egyptian myths changed with the location of the gods, as did their names.
The Ancient Egyptian gods names were very mystic and powerful. It was thought that if you inscribed your enemies' name on something, then broke it, that enemy would either be afflicted, or possibly die. Each god had five names, and each was associated with an element, such as air, or was a descriptive statement about the ancient Egyptian god, such as strong.
Some Images Depict the Ancient Egyptian Gods as Human
Some images of ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses show them as if they were humans. Ptah of Memphis, for example, is usually shown as a man wrapped in mummy clothes, his hands outside the wrappings, grasping scepters. But other gods, such as Horus, Thoth and Sakhmet, are usually shown with a human body and the head of a bird or an animal. Egyptian gods can also appear in purely animal form, as Horus can be shown as a hawk.
Ancient Egyptian Worshipping in The Form of Animals
From the earliest times in Ancient Egypt, some deities were honored or worshipped in the form of animals. In the distant past, particular animals may have been chosen to embody, to stand for, the powers of a god. A bull represented power, aggression, masculinity, fertility; these could be the attributes of kingship. A hawk, who soars high above the world of humans, seeming to expend no energy in his long hours aloft, and who - far seeing, -can swoop in an instant to capture his prey in sharp talons, became a symbol of kingship. The cow's large eyes with long lashes and her generally quiet demeanor suggested a gentle aspect of feminine beauty. Her gift of milk, which could sustain a human child, became of symbol of love and sustenance.
Below is a listing of the main gods and their primary place of worship.