"My eyes see all and therefore, I .. know all .. so .. beware!"
Horus, the first ancient Egyptian "god on the horizon" and the god of the rising sun and the symbol and personification of Light was portrayed as a falcon. He can also change his shape to a human with a falcon head but never with a human head or face, to stress his extraordinary and 'superior' status ...
Horus was the first god of the united lower and upper Egypt, after 'the fighter' successfully won the war he started with the god 'Seth' .. But then, to emphasize his godly qualities, he had to be seen as a 'healer' too. Hence, Horus was also depicted as a small child holding snakes, scorpions and lions ... meaning; 'the healer of all afflictions!' ... very impressive!
There were many gods before Horus but they were never 'complete.' If you worship the sun god, well, the sun sleeps at night .. the moon god is hardly visible during the day .. the fire god is easily put down by water .. etc. Hence, there was a need for a god with much more superior qualities to aid the predynasty rulers of ancient Egypt to rein with authority. And so, Horus was the first god with a 'fantastic' birth .. and after many reshapes of his Deity, he became the symbol of divine kingship and the predynastic rulers or Pharaohs of Egypt became the "Followers of Horus." The Egyptian word " her" (hor, har), from which the god's name is derived means "the one on high", or "the distant one", probably symbolising the falcon's ability to silently soar high during flight, something the Egyptians considered a celestial quality since no other bird could reach such heights or fly as fast. Therefore Horus was also first known as "lord of the sky"
Horus was unique in everyway, for as well as his fantastic and legendary birth, his right eye was the sun and left eye the moon. With exquisite decorum, he clutches the 'Shenu' or circles of 'protection' and 'eternity' with his feet and to confirm his status as 'living god' the serpent sun disk sits on his head thus indicating 'divinity.' The speckled feathers of his breast were probably considered to be the stars, while his wings were the sky that created the wind with their wide spread .. and there you have it, the first 'national' god .... at last! .. a 'complete' Deity; the first perfect and complete complete god!
Horus was worshipped by the Pharaohs as well as the ordinary people of ancient Egypt. This adoration of the 'perfect god' spanned many centuries from predynasty and up to the New Kingdom. Then there was Akhinatun, who continued with the idea of a monolithic god but one that was now everywhere as well as in the sky but also one god that nobody could see ... a god who was only in the head ...Then there was king Tut .. and 'his' trinity depicting 'Horus!', the 'key of the Nile' meaning life and the 'serpent' which depending on its shape and poise meant either 'life' or godness or .. evil.
.. and with Horus, the first complete god, came the notion of 'heaven and hell' .... so ... beware of those serpents tonight .. or else ....'He' may ... ! :-O
Happy Halloween ... :-)
- "Father, help me .."
-"Help you with what son?"
- "With my thought .. Suddenly, I'm unable to think anymore ..."
- "Pray for your thought to come back son .."
- "Pray?! ... "
Temple of Horus - Edfu - Upper Egypt