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Monday, June 6, 2011

Myths of Ra -- Egyptian Sun God

Monday, June 6, 2011
According to E. A. Wallis Budge he was the one god of Egyptian monotheism, of which all other deities were aspects, manifestations, phases, or forms. Ra itself, however, was also a monotheistic god. A Hymn to Rah (approx. 1370s BC) was written to stress the pantheistic nature of Rah to combat encroaching polytheism. In it, several deities are described, not as beings in their own right, but certain forms of Rah. For example:

"Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the habitations of Ament, behold [thy] body is Atum."
"Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the hidden palace of Anubis, behold [thy] body is Khepera." courtesy of wikipedia.com

As Litha comes upon us think about the story of Ra overcoming Apep, the darkness. Apep was represented as a giant snake that laid below the horizon and lied in wait for Ra to set so that he could overcome him. This according to the ancient Egyptians led to earthquakes and thunderstorms. And if Apep was bold enough then there would be a solar eclipse. Because the snake would eat the sun.
See in this the story of the epic battle between the Oak King and the Holly King.

Blessed Be!

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