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Why did Egyptian Gods have animal heads?

Egyptian gods were often depicted in therianthrophic – part human, part animal form, to depict the personality of that particular god/ess in a symbolic way. For example, Sekhmet, goddess of ferocious ...
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Are there any depictions of Horus being crucified and resurrected

I've heard this claim before and see no evidence for it in any Egyptian texts or iconography. Acharya S is unscholarly, makes many silly mistakes, and thus is unreliable; and Maher's people obviously ...
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Why are cats so important in Ancient Egypt?

Their association with Bastet coupled with their general usefulness in day to day life is the reason they were treated as they were Bastet was the goddess of more than just cats, she was also the ...
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Why did Egyptian Gods have animal heads?

It's mentioned in the Coffin Texts that only the dead can know the true forms of the gods. (Erik Hornung- Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt.) "None of these images shows the true form of a god, and ...
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What were the five parts of the Egyptian soul?

The five parts of the Egyptian soul were the Ren, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Ib. The Ren was the name given to a person at birth. Egyptians believed it was part of a person's soul and that ...
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Odin's Counterpart

The key point here is Roman Syncretism. The romans believed the world was full of different gods, and they didn't presume to know about all of them, or to know everything about the ones they already ...
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Are there any depictions of Horus being crucified and resurrected

Short answer, no. There is no writing, inscription, artwork, statuary, or anything that indicates Horus (or Osiris) was crucified. There is death and resurrection in Horus' story, though. The ...
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Did ancient Egypt use the abbreviation IHS for "Isis, Horus, and Seb"?

Short answer: Obviously NOT... Long answer: Each time you see pseudoscience coming and pointing its dirty nose on any subject... Feel free to think smelly things are in the air. First, that a trilogy ...
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Do Egyptian myths provide explanations for the shape of the pyramid?

The shape of the pyramids was indeed influenced by the benben. Here's something I found on Egypt Tour: One of their earliest creation myths envisioned the first place in the world as a mound of earth ...
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Was Hermes Trismegistus a historical figure?

He was not a historical person. Those writings were simply credited to Hermes Trismegistus because they were held to be divinely inspired by him. [The author] gave shape and form to the text, but ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

For Egyptian, you'd have several choices. Going from the largest (at least in the Heliopolitian cosmology): Nuun (Nun) is the cosmic ocean that our universe is a bubble in: https://henadology....
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What is the connection of Egyptian mythology to Atlantis?

If there ever was one, we don't know what it was. Most likely, there never was one. The only real original source we have for the story of Atlantis is Plato. He used it as an allegory to help ...
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What is the significance of this part in the myth of the resurrection of Osiris?

Maybe you should give a link to the version of the myth you are stating , as it is not in the wikipedia article linked below. The only mention about penises is in Plutarch also states that Set ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

Ouranos (Roman Uranus) is the Greek (night) sky god. You will find him at the beginning of Hesiod's Theogony. Wikipedia has an extensive list of sky gods, among whom you will find the Egyptian goddess ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

This depends entirely on your stance of if you're asking for a sky god or if you'd prefer only "outer space", so to speak. Given that these are ancient cultures / mythologies we're discussing, it ...
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Are people who drown/die in the Nile deified (or divinized in some way)?

Yes, there is a basis for it. In Herodotus, Book II: Chapter 90 [1] Anyone, Egyptian or foreigner, known to have been carried off by a crocodile or drowned by the river itself, must by all means be ...
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Anyone know what this symbol means?

Looks like the Adinkra "Aya" (fern) symbol: Adinkra is not Egyptian, though. It originates from the Ashanti and Baoulé peoples, in the neighborhood of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire (respectively).
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If any Ancient Egyptian Texts exist as Hieroglyphics in Online Documents

Here is a compilation of various resources to learn ancient classical Egyptian (aka Middle Egyptian) and a selection of various corpus to read. NB: The texts and resources I am quoting here and purely ...
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In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent?

The ka is like the spirit; its the element that makes something alive. In contrast, the ba is more like the personality of a person. The Ka was the life force, astral double or spiritual twin ... ...
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What was the more prominent of Ra's origins stories?

The reason for the discrepancy is that Egyptian mythology was not unified even four thousand years ago. There were four major cities, each with their own stories. The egg creation myth is that of the ...
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Why were baboons famous in Egypt?

According to William Petrie in his book The Religion of Ancient Egypt, "...the serious expression and human ways of the large baboons are an obvious cause for their being regarded as the wisest ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

THe closest thing to a god of the cosmos in Norse myth would be Ymir, the first being. The ice of the cold realm of Nifhel and fire from the realm of Muspellheim met in the space between, Ginnungagap, ...
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How did Atenism explain night-time?

Atenism offers a very good example of the exclusivity of presence. We find it in the moment of dawn and dusk. The religious ideas with which Akhenaten grew up were those of the New Solar Theology. It ...
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Hall of Two Truths: Ancient Egypt

It is "Hall of Two Truths", or "Dual Truth" Note that this hall is also sometimes called "Double Ma'at", inferring Isis and Nephtys.
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Hall of Two Truths: Ancient Egypt

To add to Codosaur's useful answer re the Egyptian words often written in English as Maat/Maaty, with apologies if you already know some of this. I have taken courses both in Hieroglyphics and Ancient ...
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Do the myths of Malayalam Onam, Egyptian Osiris Myth and Vietnamese Tet show cultural contacts?

That's a definite "no" as far as an Egyptian connection is concerned. A much more plausible explanation is that in creating myths, humans follow a limited number of patterns, regardless of ...
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How were eclipses explained in Egyptian mythology?

There is actually an Egyptian goddess named Hathor and he is the god of Solar Eclipses. From this website there are actually many gods associated with the sun: Horus the Hawk is the Sun in totality. ...
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Did ancient Egyptian gods have weapons like the Greek gods?

The only particular weapon given more than passing mention that I can find is Isis's harpoon in The Contendings of Horus and Seth (part of the Papyrus Chester Beatty I), which she makes herself from ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

I think the primordial Titan Oceanus qualifies. The ocean might seem like an odd choice for a god of the cosmos, until you consider pre-classic era Greeks believed in a flat earth floating in an ...
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What are the different creation stories of ancient egypt?

One thing to remember is that most of the Egyptian creation stories aren't in a nice, neat source. In many cases, they're pieced together from funerary texts, magico-religious sources (spells would ...
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