Also known as Re, Ra is the Ancient Egyptian God of the Sun. More specifically, he is often identified with the sun’s position during noontime. Later Egyptian peoples merged Ra with another Egyptian God, Horus, to create Ra-Horakthy (Meaning “Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons). Ra-Horakthy ruled all parts of creation, including the Sky, Earth, and Underworld. He was associated with Hawks, as can be seen by his bird-like head (many Gods and Goddesses in Egyptian Myth bear the heads of animals and bodies of a human). Ra was also fused with yet another God, Ahkmen, to create the deity Ahkmen-Ra in the late years of ancient Egypt.
Ra as a Creation Deity:
All forms of life were said to have existed because of this Sun Deity. Ra called each being into existence using its secret name. He also created the Goddess Sekhmet by sending his eye to Earth as her to punish men for plotting against him. Ra’s association with the sun was said to connect him to life, warmth, growth, and creation. Thanks for tuning into today’s World Myth Round-Up! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can also click here to learn more about my background.
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