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!