Ancient Egyptian gods

Although he was the god of creation, there are no direct myths about Amun himself. He was referred to as the ‘King of Gods.’ No mortal could see Amun, however, when he combined his body with the sun god, Ra, he  became visible and known as Amun-Ra.

The god of the sun. He’s often depicted with the head of a falcon and a sun disk. His symbol is a white crown and his animal spirit is the cobra.

Hathor was the goddess of joy, motherhood, and love. She was the wife of Horus and depicted with the horns of cow and sun disk. Her symbol is a red crown and her animal spirit is the falcon.

Horus was the god of the sky and shown as a man with a hawk’s head and the crown of all Egypt. Pharaohs identified themselves with Horus. It is said that Horus lost his eye after he faught Seth for the throne of Egypt after Seth murdered Osiris. After victory over Seth, his eye was restored and became a symbol for protection for the ancient Egyptians. Thus, the symbol of the ‘Eye of Horus’ was born.

Osiris was the god of the dead and ruler of the Underworld. He holds the symbols of supreme power, the flail and crook. In addition to being the god of the dead, he was a also the god of resurrection and fertility.

Isis was the great mother-goddess. Her son was Horus, the enemy of Seth. She is often shown with baby Horus on her lap. Isis was also a great healer and magician.

Anubis invented embalming and created the first mummy. He was the guide of the dead.

Thoth was the god of writing and wisdom. He invented hieroglyphs and recorded all knowledge. He’s often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis, which is a bird like a stork, with long legs and a long beak.

Nut’s body is the sky and she stretches from horizon to horizon.

Geb body is the Earth and he lies beneath Nut.

Ma’at was the goddess of truth, justice, and harmony. She was the wife of Thoth, the god of wisdom.

Bastet was the goddess of cats. Ancient Egyptians respected cats since they protected the grain from mice and rats. Killing a cat was punishable by death (and incited riots when Rome conquered Egypt).