Blog Post #5: Religion in Ancient Egypt – Bella

This week, I have been specifically focusing on Ancient Egyptian Religious Myths and Gods and Goddesses. I am just beginning to funnel down to femininity within the legends, focusing on certain Goddesses such as Isis and Hathor. An aspect of this is not just looking at the Goddesses themselves but the priestesses and the temples associated with them on earth, and how they are manifested in the real world. Looking at the Creation Myth and the aspects of naturalistic elements associated with each god and how the world was viewed helps to better understand how Egyptians themselves understood the world, therefore helping us understand how Egyptians viewed femininity and equality in genders. The beginning of creation is credit to Nun, who was the infinite expanses of darkness and water, until something was created from this. Nun was four couples of female and male, representing darkness, invisibility, and other naturalistic aspects. Amun, the creator of all things and the reigning deity in Ancient Egypt, bore himself out of Nun. He wore the double crown representing lower and upper Egypt, as well as having the Ankh (symbol of life,) and a scepter. The Sun God’s Eye myth is also important, because it is another popular creation story from which the eye of Horus was taken. Deities such as Osiris and Isis were borne from it, who in turn created Horus. I have included a photo of the Religious family tree for reference.

Source: Veritable Hokum. “Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.” Veritable Hokum,
http://www.veritablehokum.com/comic/the-egyptian-god-family-tree/. Accessed 26
Feb. 2018.

One thought on “Blog Post #5: Religion in Ancient Egypt – Bella

  1. sabrina.schoenborn

    It is really interesting looking at this with a modern eye. I love Egyptian mythology and I find this fascinating. I’m excited to see what else you find in your project!

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