By George Hart
Scholars of archaeology, visitors, viewers to museums and all these drawn to mythology will worth this complete instruction manual. It information the key gods and goddesses and offers a vast survey of others, giving a bright photograph of the complexity and richness of the imagery of Egyptian mythology.
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An average lifespan for Apis was 14 years. During this time festivals would be held at Memphis where Apis could be seen by the higher echelons of society at the window of appearances in the temple, a procedure borrowed directly from royal ceremonial. On the death of Apis Egypt mourned as if for the loss of the monarch himself. The bull was mummified on lionheaded alabaster tables some of which survive at Memphis. The funeral was an occasion of display and pomp, with men dragging to the tomb the sledge on which the embalmed and bejewelled bull had been placed in a couchant position.
If this is so, she would possess a dual temperament similar to HATHOR, with whom she is closely connected in Thebes. She is called the daughter of RA and it is not until the New Kingdom that she takes the role of the divine child of KHNUM and SATIS. Her sacred animal is the gazelle. Apedemak Lion-god of war indigenous to the Sudanese culture of Meroe. The Meroitic civilisation displays many Egyptian influences and incorporates gods from the pharaonic pantheon but Apedemak is likely to be a totally African deity.
To the north is an area sacred to the god MONTU, ‘lord of Thebes’, indicating peaceful coexistence with Amun who surpassed him in importance at Thebes from the end of Dynasty XI onwards. Archaeology has revealed that structures existed on the site of the temple in its present form from at least the reign of Senwosret I of Dynasty XII. The monument, however, is really best regarded as a witness to pharaonic piety towards Amun from the beginning of the New Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period. 5 m high and weighing 320 tons, was one of two obelisks set up by the queen in front of the pylon (IV), called ‘Amun great in majesty’, which marked the entrance to the temple in the early eighteenth dynasty.
Egyptian gods and goddesses - the routledge dictionary by George Hart