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Egyptian Mythological Characters A-L


Ahemait
An Egyptian underworld goddess who is part lion, part hippopotamus, and part crocodile, and who eats the souls of the unworthy dead.
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Ailuros
Cat Goddess.
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Aker
God of the dead and personification of the earth.
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Am-heh
God of the underworld.
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Amathaunta
Goddess of the sea.
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Amaunet
Mother Goddess. The Hidden One. Goddess of heaven, mystery. The personification of the life-bringing northern wind.
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Amenhotep
God of building.
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Ament
Goddess who lived in a tree at the edge of the desert where she watched the gates of the afterworld, welcoming the newly dead with bread and water.
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Amentet/Amenti
Personification of the West.
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Amenti
The abode of the dead.
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Amset
One of the four lesser gods of the dead who supervised the mummification process. His name means "carpenter", and he is pictured with a man's head. See also Hepi, Smotef, and Snouf.
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Andjety/Anezti
God of the underworld.
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Anhur
Hunter god. The personification of the royal warriors.
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Ankt
A spear-carrying Egyptian war goddess.
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Anouke
Goddess of war.
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Antaios
He was originally a falcon god, later believed to have merged into Horus.
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Anti
God of ferrymen.
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Anqet
The Clasper. Goddess of the Nile. Water Goddess.
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Anuket
An early Egyptian water goddess; she was later merged with Nephthys.
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Apep
The great snake of darkness, who sometimes rose up, mouth agape, to try to swallow Ra's solar barque in its travel across the heavens; Ra always managed to escape, but each of Apep's failed attempts resulted in fierce storms or solar eclipses.
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Ash
God of the Libyan Desert (Sahara). Depicted as a man with the head of a hawk.
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Athor
The goddess of Love and Beauty. She is usually shown with cow horns, and sometimes with a cow's head. Wife of Amun-Ra.
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Atum
A primordial god that was represented in the form of a human and a serpent. The version of the Egyptian god Amon (see above) who creates Shu and his sister Tefnut via masturbation (or expectoration).
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Auf/Euf Ra
God of peace, rest, sleep, courage.
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Bakha
The sacred bull that was an incarnation of Menthu, a personification of the heat of the sun. He changed color every hour of the day.
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Bes
Bes means "dancing".
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Busiris
A king of Egypt, who to avert famine for his people, ordered all strangers that landed on his shores be sacrificed to the gods. He made the mistake of capturing Hercules, who escaped his chains and slew the king.
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Cadmus
A Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and sowed its teeth, from which sprang up an army of men who fought one another until only five survived. With these five men Cadmus founded the city of Thebes.
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Candace
Title of the hereditary queens of the desert empire of Meroe. One of them led an army of 10,000 rebels against the Roman occupation of Egypt.
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Chem
Also called Ham. He was the god of "increase", considered as the father of their race. He is usually pictured wearing a women's garment.
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Chensit
Goddess of the twentieth none of Lower Egypt.
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Chenti-cheti
Falcon God.
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Chenti-irti
Falcon God of law and order.
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Chert
Ram God of the underworld and ferryman of the dead. Earth God. Guardian of the pharaoh's tomb.
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Chontamenti
God of the dead and of the land of the west. He was portrayed as a dog, or as dog's head, with horns.
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Dedun
God of wealth and incense.
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Dua
God of toiletry.
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Ennead
The group of the nine chief deities of the Osirian cycle. They are Atum, Shu, Tefnut, Seb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephthys.
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Hapimou
Means the Nile. "He" was depicted with the beard of a man and the breasts of a child-bearing woman.
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Hepi
Another of the four lesser gods of the dead. His name means digger, and he has an ape's head.
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Het
Het is the Egyptian serpent goddess who rules fire.
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Imhotep(Asculapius)
Also Imothph, the god of science or medicine. Son of Ptah and Sekhet. Counselor-physician to Zoser (Tosorthros), who founded Egypt's 3rd Dynasty. His name means "peace".
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Khem(Pan)
Father God. God of reproduction, generation, fertility, harvest, agriculture, plant life, and human fertility. Depicted as a mummy.
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Khepri
The scarab beetle god who rolled the sun through the sky.
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Khnemu
The Egyptian god, who fashioned men and women on a potter's wheel, and was worshipped in the form of a ram.
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Khonsu
The son of Amon and Mut, and one of the main gods of Egypt when the Theban dynasties ruled.
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Kneph
The god of animal and spiritual life. He has the head and horns of a ram.
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