Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Images of the Gods


Small statues, pins, rings, amulets and the like of the gods of Ancient Egypt were popular for use in both every day life as well as important items to be buried with the dead for their use in the next world. In the latter case many such items would be placed in the actual mummy wrappings to accompany and protect the spirit of the dead.

The lion headed Sekhmet, was the powerful goddess of war and battles. The sun disc above her represented the scorching, destructive heat of the sun. Her fierce temper needed to be appeased and was best used when directed against the enemies of Ra, and Osiris or she could turn against the very humans who worshiped her.

The dwarf god Bes was the protector of pregnant women, newborn babies and the family as well as protection against snake and scorpion bites. Humor, music and dancing were also popular with Bes and he became a favorite "household" god of the common people.

Tawaret, the Hippo goddess who protected women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Baba, the baboon god was an assistant to Thoth as well as the guardian to the first gate of the underworld.

This ring of Eye of Horus-Oudjat-Wedjat was a protection from evil.

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