In the 2016 film Gods of Egypt the gods bleed a bright golden liquid when hurt (which happens often).

I wonder if there's any basis for this in Egyptian mythology, an Egyptian equivalent to the Greek ichor.

  • red. The tjet amulet an amulet linked with the blood of Isis is red (sometimes green, but that the colour of her husband). All the text I know use red if they precise a colour. Which is rare enough to make clear blood is red. – Gibet Feb 13 at 19:26
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    Great question re: ichor! – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 22:46
  • @Gibet Why aren't you posting that as an answer??? – Ouroboros Feb 21 at 14:13
  • @Ouroboros I tend to avoid putting answers, except if absolutely necessary. But if this answer goes with you I welcome you to paste it in an official answer and mark this question as answered. This is very good for the stats. It will raise up your score as well. This is also good. – Gibet Feb 25 at 7:19

I would assume yes, they bleed. Especially if you consider that Pharaohs were considered to be not only representatives but hosts and therefore gods themselves. Pharaohs were often associated with Horus.

In the book Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green in the tale called "Horus the Avenger", Set transforms into a hippopotamus:

And there on the island stood Set himself in the form of a gigantic red hippopotamus.

The song of praise which was sung to recall Set's defeat says:

Eat the flesh of the vanquished, drink the blood of the red hippopotamus, burn his bones with fire!

Thus, Set, one of the Egyptian gods, apparently did bleed. However, one could argue that this was only because he was in the form of an animal at the time. Indeed, in the entire rest of the book no other gods bleed.

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