15 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Gods That You should Know

11. Fact about the Divine God of the Sky and Protector of Kings – Horus

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Possessing a falcon’s head, the human god Horus was the god that protected the sky and the kings who ruled the kingdoms. Among the temples dedicated to other gods, the temple of Horus can be visited even today. Its located in Mesen. After fighting many wars against Seth, Horus was able to conquer the throne and was proclaimed the king. Horus was worshiped in 15 different avatars and was respected for his immense courage. After the conquer of Egypt by Alexander the Great, the god came to be worshiped as Harpocrrates.

12. Fact about the Ram Headed God, the Guardian of Nile – Khnum

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All the ancient Egypt gods protected something of value to mankind. Khnum was one such god who appeared in the form of a human with the head of a ram, and was the protector of River Nile. One can still see his temple located in Esna. When Egypt was affected with the great famine, people started worshiping Khnum and wrote many prayers and appeals on a stone tablet that can be seen even today. This stone tablet is called Famine Stele.

13. Fact about the Goddess with the Head of a Lioness – Sekhmet

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Sekhmet, the lioness goddess was revered by all because of her sheer powerful persona and fiery appearance. She is known as the sun goddess who was worshiped by people in times of war and battles. She had a body of a woman while her head was that of a lioness. The goddess was also known to pharaohs from armies of the enemies. She had a fierce nature and could burn the enemies with flames coming out of her. She was a hunter goddess too and was believed to be the harbinger of plague and pests.

14. Fact about the God of Darkness and Evil – Seth

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The god of darkness and evil, Seth was also known by other names like Sutekh and Suty. The god was a bringer of chaos and was the reason behind Osiris’s death. Nut and Geb were his parents. Seth is usually depicted as a man but possessing the head of an animal. He had a temple dedicated to him at Naqada, though, most ancient Egyptians disliked him because of his evil character.

15. Fact about the Divine Goddess of Truth and Justice – Ma’at

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A goddess who harmonized all the positive elements of the universe, Ma’at was a highly revered and loved goddess in ancient Egypt. She embodied truth and was shown as a woman with the feather of an ostrich lodged on her head. She guided the movement of stars in the sky and controlled the weather. The ostrich feather that she is shown wearing represented truth. She was the goddess who presided the judgement of the dead souls in the Hall of Two Truths. Like other ancient Egyptian gods, she had temples located at Deir el Medina and Karnak.