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Was Hermes Trismegistus a historical figure?

I am aware that Hermes Trismegistus is a combination of the greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. But he is credited as the writer of a few books with Asclepius and the Corpus Hermeticum. So in ...
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What were the five parts of the Egyptian soul?

This is an offshoot of a question asked about the Ba and Ka. What were the other 3 parts of the Egyptian soul and what did they represent?
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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

After Osiris is tricked and killed by Seth he is dismembered, and it is up to his wife Isis to recover all the pieces and bring him back to life. There is something that always caught my attention ...
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Do Egyptian myths provide explanations for the shape of the pyramid?

Pyramids are iconic structures from Ancient Egypt. But why did the ancient Egyptians shape their pyramids in a, well, pyramidal shape? These are not exactly intuitively shaped tombs. Some research ...
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In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent?

In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent? They were parts of the soul but why two parts?
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Why are cats so important in Ancient Egypt?

Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt. This can be clearly seen by the large amount of cat statues, mummified cats, ... that have been found. There is even a God specific for cats (Bastet). But why ...
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What was the more prominent of Ra's origins stories?

I was browsing Wikipedia and came upon three different variations for Ra's origins: In the former version, a mound arises from the waters. An egg was laid upon this mound by a celestial bird. ...
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How does merging of two gods actually work?

The only two examples I can remember at the moment are: Ra merging with Horus In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty ("Ra, who is Horus of the Two ...
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How were eclipses explained in Egyptian mythology?

Eclipses were probably one of the phenomena that puzzled the ancient people. How was it explained in Egyptian mythology, and were there any gods connected with it (like thunder is connected to Zeus)?
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Why did Egyptian Gods have animal heads?

Most Egyptian gods have animal heads. Why is that?

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