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Horus, an ancient Egyptian falcon headed-deity.

Horus is the falcon headed god-son of Osiris and Isis. Represented as a falcon, Horus is considered a skygod but also a god of war and hunting and is one of the most important deities within ancient Egyptian religious mythology. During the Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times, spanning from 3000 BC to about 300 AD, Horus was especially venerated.

Horus is one of the most important deities during ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh became Horus in life while becoming Osiris in death. Attaining rights from gods by making the lineage of Horus that of humanity, from the children of Atum, associates divinity with Pharaoh. As this union between seats of human power and the divine seats of power increases through a society embracing it turn into unique Egyptian concepts of divine kingship inevitably became attributed to Pharaoh. The earthly ruler on behalf of the divine will of gods.

Horus or Horus the Elder absorbed few local gods as well. Nekheny or the Hawk god and Wer or god of light became one within Horus and later a center of influence was created in Nekhen (Heirakonpolis).[1] Horus is also referred to as Heru, Haroeris, Harpocrates, Har-Pa-Neb-Taui (Horus Lord of the Two Lands) and considered the patron of rulers, law, war, light and the sun.[2][3]

See also


  1. Heru-ur; Horus the Elder By Ancient Egypt Online
  2. Horus By Egyptian Myths
  3. Horus By Wikipedia

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