Thursday, October 6, 2011

Egyptian Gods, like you have never seen them.

The sands of the desert stir and swirl.  The winds rise and fall.  Clouds gather and darken the sky.  The gods are coming.

Egypt hosts a diverse group of gods from the glorious Isis to the preternatural Seth.  Traditionally these gods have been depicted in the same way since the origination in the Nile Valley from 5000 BCE to 300 CE.

Now that has changed with these new statues of Isis, Anubis, Bastet, Horus and Seth.

The Goddess Isis is one of the more famous and popular goddesses of the Ancient Egyptian pantheon, Isis is the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. She is often viewed as the ideal mother, as well as the Goddess of magic and nature. Isis is also viewed as a champion for sinners, slaves, and those who are down on their luck, and was revered by the poor and the wealthy alike as the goddess of fertility.  As the wife of Osiris, she is also viewed as the protector of children, and the dead, and it was said that the fertility of the Nile more.

Perhaps most famously recognized as the Egyptian god with the head of a jackal, Anubis is the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife. Within ancient Egyptian culture his position among the gods was sacred, and of great importance, as he is the guardian of the dead. Anubis is the patron god of embalmers, who preserve the dead, and is also often viewed as the Lord of the Dead, who guards the scales of the underworld and weighs the heart of the dead against a feather, determining the place of the deceased within the underworld. Here he is portrayed as a stern figure, with the burly, broad-chested body of a man and the traditional jackal-head, set with a serious expression. With the feet of a jackal, more.

Shown here in her the form of a woman rather than a Lion or a domestic cat, the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet is portrayed as the epitome of the feminine divine. Regarded as a goddess who protected Egypt, its royal family, and its people, Bastet was particularly revered, as were all cats within the land. She was also associated with beauty of movement, agility, strength, caution and other such feline qualities that she was said to embody. In this case, she is imbued more.

One of the most important Gods of the deities of the ancient Egyptians as well as one of the historically oldest, Horus is the Falcon-headed god of the land of the pyramids. He was revered as the God of the sky, and as such it was said that the moon was his left eye and the sun his right. He is also the Egyptian god of hunting, and war, who warred at length with Set at the instruction of his mother, Isis, who set him to protect Egypt from the lord of the deserts. Here he is shown as a barrel-chested man with jet-black skin, and the head and face of a Falcon. Upon his head sits a more.

Seth (also found spelled as Set) is the ancient Egyptian god of the desert, storms, darkness and Chaos. Indeed, in ancient Egyptian culture his very name meant to be an instigator of confusion, a deserter, or a drunkard. He was known for his conflict with Osiris, whom he attacked out of jealousy and envy, dismembering Osiris and throwing his pieces into the Nile. This conflict also brought about his contention with Horus, who was the son of Osiris and Isis. Here he is portrayed with jet-black skin, as are many of the deities of ancient Egypt, with the body of a man and the head of a more.

You will notice that each of these figures now depict the ancient gods and goddess of Egypt in a more 'human' way.  Personally I find this more pleasing and more how I see the gods.  I don't see them as the blocky figures on a cartouche.

Now is the time to feel the supreme power of the Egyptian gods with theses effigies.  Let one or all grace your altar or sacred space.

At this point in time it is unclear as to whether other gods such as Osiris, Hathor and Sekhmet will also be honored by this makeover.

All of these statues and the traditional ones are available in our store at Grove of the Ancients Pagan Store.

Fly on by and check out our annual Samhain sale too.  Sign up with the store to get our newsletter and get special discounts.

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