Ancient Egyptian deities are the gods and goddesses who were worshipped in ancient Egypt. A number of major deities are addressed as the creators of the cosmos. These include Atum, Ra, Amun (Amen), and Ptah amongst others, as well as composite forms of these deities such as Amun-Ra.
Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion
The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris but in another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife. Horus served many functions in the Egyptian pantheon, most notably being the god of the sun, war and protection.
Horus was a god of the sky.
He is probably most well-known as the protector of the ruler of Egypt. The Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the 'living Horus' The ancient Egyptians had many different beliefs about the god Horus. One of the most common beliefs was that Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris. After Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the throne of Egypt. In this battle, Horus lost one of his eyes. The eye was restored to him and it became a symbol of protection for the ancient Egyptians. After this battle, Horus was chosen to be the ruler of the world of the living. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt today was dedicated to Horus. It is located in Upper Egypt at a town called Edfu.
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