Thursday, November 18, 2010

Horus And Seth Fight For The Throne

There are multiple theories as to why there was a big fight. One is that Seth and Horus were both up in the sky, Horus ruled by day, Seth at night. They were both on good terms and chillin' in the sky until Seth became tired of his power. So he and Horus battled, Seth being considered the evil side (because of the darkness of night) and Horus the "good guy". Another theory is that Seth killed Horus' father for the big chair (a.k.a. throne) and this made Horus furious. So they battled for 70 years, but eventually Horus came out victorious and sent Seth to the underworld. Aren't I a great story teller? Tip your waitresses I will be here all week.

Family Betrayal.

As the myth goes, Seth, Horus' uncle, killed Osiris, Horus' father, for the throne (selfish much?). The myth goes on to tell quite the story. When Osiris was attacked by Seth and his followers, Horus immediately rose to the sky to scout terrain for the demons. From the way the book was saying this, I took it as Horus was looking for battleground to fight Seth. Next, Horus turned into a winged sun and attacked Seth, battling him and his followers into the underworld for another 70 years. I'm starting to really think that was overkill. Nowadays, the winged sun is a popular sign all over Egypt because of this myth. Though in both stories Horus' eye was punctured some how and came out.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Horus' Homedawgs.

The Devourer

Horus had many other gods in his life, though a couple were the most important. Goddess Hathor used Gazelle milk to restore his eye during Horus' life. How this is possible, I'm still trying to figure out. In another tail, Seth had tore it out and it shattered though another god, Thoth, healed it. Other gods asscosiated with Horus are Anubis and Osiris during the weighing of the heart ceremony. This is a ceremony that happens when an Egyptian dies, his heart is weighed and if its to heavier than the truth feather, you have done more bad than good in your life. Then, the devourer, part crocidile, hippo, lion, eats it up. I mean, chicken liver is disgusting itself fried, but raw heart? Yum.

Why Is An Eye So Important?

Horus' eye is the one of the main symbols found all over Egypt. It could be found in Pyramids, on monuments, or in kings' palaces. The Eye of Horus became so popular after the myth that Horus and his uncle fought and his eye was wounded in the battle. There are different tales including the eye popped right out and rolled away (umm, gross!) or it just shattered after it was punctured. Though in both tales it was healed, hint at why Horus was a symbol of healing. Horus' eye was found drawn many ways. the normal drawing is just an exciting plain old eyeball. Other ways there are versions of it being sad and weeping. I think I want to make one that represents an A, because that's what I'm going to get on this blog. :)

Falcon Headed God? Sweet!

Many have heard of the young King Tut, and The Great Pyramids. You might have even heard of the Sphinx, (dog body, humongous  head, like George Lopez size) but Egypt's gods/goddesses are just as interesting and important to the long history of Ancient Egypt. The god Horus, is falcon headed (that must've been some painful surgery) and represents the signs of healing and power. Horus is a symbol for divine kingship, a big fancy term for the belief that kings are chosen by gods. The really cool thing about Horus is he even had his own personal symbol. It was a falcon and was probably made for signing autographs. Let me tell you the paparazzi is all over those Egyptian Gods. Lastly, other names for Horus were Ra and Wedjat.