- Mythical Number: #1568
- Culture: Egyptian
- Attribute: Humanoid
- Behaviour: Friendly
- Common Type: Egyptian Gods
Horus is a falcon-headed god of Egyptian mythology who controlled the skies. He was the patron of the divine kingship.
Horus is one of the gods connected to the afterlife. He is frequently seen as the god who presents the soul of the dead person to Osiris after the person has passed The Weighing of the Heart. Look carefully at a mummiform coffin and you might find a picture of Horus and Thoth pouring ankhs over the person who lays inside, or perhaps the two may be standing on either side of a large djed.
In one story Osiris (the father of Horus) was murdered by his jealous brother Set. Horus then avenged his father's death by battling Set in a bloody war that represented the constant struggle of good and evil. Horus lost his eye in the fight, but it was magically restored by Hathor. The "Eye of Horus" is now a protective symbol of healing.
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Did you find Horus interesting? Add it to a fantasy-based game, a creative and unique story or draw your own doodle. For more on a living ancient Egypt check out he Brendan Frasser film series The Mummy featuring Egyptian mythical beings. The computer game Age of Mythology is perhaps the best eulogy to Egyptian mythical creatures with Anubites, Wadjets, Sphinx and more. In the classic computer game Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation Lara Croft ventures into the Egyptian tombs to find out that ancient Egyptian monsters are still very much alive. The most rememberable moment of ancient Egyptian mythology in pop culture is Boris Karloff's stunning performance in film The Mummy (1932).
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