Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Horus

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

The Egyptian god, Horus, is actually a pretty controversial topic. Let me give you a quick rundown of information out on the internet about Horus, and you figure out why...

- Horus is often depicted with a falcon's head (not so controversial)
- He was born to a virgin mother, Isis, since her husband (Osiris) was killed
- Horus was baptized in a river by a guy named Anup, who ended up being beheaded later
- Horus was tempted while alone, wandering in the desert
- He healed the sick, walked on water, was crucified, and resurected
- Oh, and he had 12 disciples

So I think it's pretty obvious why the myth of Horus is controversial. The issue here is that the information is either false or sketchy at best. His birth is a weird event, though not a virginal birth. The rest is not really accepted as part of Horus' myth.

Horus IS the god of the sun, war, and protection. He often battled with Set, the god of the desert. They fought for 80 years, and they finally decided to settle it with...a boat race. Not just any boat race, but boats made from stone. Horus cheated, as his boat was made out of wood and painted to look like stone. So yeah, he was and got to rule over all of Egypt as the main god.

Nice job Horus!

17 comments:

Jay Noel said...

Oops! This didn't go live at 7 AM like it was supposed to!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like Jesus to me...

Patricia Lynne said...

I've heard that Horus has a few similarities with Jesus. Always found that interesting.

Cynthia said...

Like a couple of others, I can't help but to notice there are parallels between him and Jesus.

Jo said...

Well, of course the people who wrote about Jesus did so well after the fact of his life. The Horus myths were written a long time before I assume.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

If the other guy didn't notice the boat was wood painted as stone, he wasn't smart enough to be the leader anyway. Sounds like a lot of beliefs getting mixed together.

Pat Dilloway said...

Christians have plagiarized a lot from other myths. Those Egyptians have some weird-looking gods.

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

I always found Horus kinda freaky. Interesting post!

betty said...

I see the similarities between Horus and Jesus, but did Horus get raised from the dead? Have heard about Jesus but first time hearing about Horus :)

betty

Pat Hatt said...

Ruling all isn't a bad gig I suppose

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