- Mythical Number: #3913
- Culture: Egyptian
- Attribute: Celestial
- Behaviour: Friendly
- Common Type: Egyptian Gods
The great Egyptian god of the Sun and of the Sky. He has the body of a human with the head of a bird. In very early times Ra was simply known to be a Sun god. He took on other attributes as the Egyptian myths evolved. For example he was later combined with Amun to become Amun-Ra. He was also merged with Horus to become Ra-Harakhte. He is one of the few gods who like Osiris does not live on the earth. He is an ageing and primordial god who had grown too old to deal with his children any longer and so he has devoted all his time to living in the sky in his boat the Manjet-boat.
Each day Ra journeys across the sky in a Manjet-boat. He was joined by many gods on this daily journey. He sailed through the 12 provinces that represented the 12 hours of daylight. During his daily voyage he would battle the great serpent of the sky, Apep. Ra was nearly always victorious in this duel but when he lost and died this resulted in heavy stormy weather and clouds or an eclipse. At the end of each day Ra was thought to die and he then began his night voyage. During this voyage due to the lack of winds, Ra relied upon unfriendly spirits and demons to move his boat. His main job on this journey was to bring light to the souls of the dead.
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