ancient Egyptian gods "h"
This god is depicted as a well-nourished (fat) man with women’s
breasts and a crown of papyrus reeds. This was the god of the
Nile and personified the fertility of the country and the land;
thereby holding the symbols of abundance. He showed his ability
to nourish the Nile through floods which brought wealth and
life. He was mostly considered the god of the northern Nile and
therefore is mostly seen wearing the papyrus plant which was a
symbol of Lower Egypt. In some sections he was depicted as a god
of the entire Nile whereby he was then portrayed as holding both
the lotus and papyrus plants in his hands. The lotus was the
symbol of Upper Egypt. Hapi’s wife in the south was Nekhbet
(depicted as a vulture) and his wife in the north was Buto
(depicted as a cobra). Hapi also became associated with Osiris
and Nun throughout various eras of Egyptian history.
She was called the “Golden One” and proceeded to be a favorite
goddess for many centuries. She was also the female consort of
the “Bull of Amenti,” the first god of the necropolis. There are
early links to Horus (god of the sky and of kingship). Her name
means “house of Horus” or “temple of Horus” and is usually
depicted in human form or sometimes as a cow with a disk of the
sun between the horns which indicates the solar aspect.
Sometimes she is depicted as a cow with stars in her belly. She
was known as a goddess of several things such as love,
maternity, protecting the deity of birth regeneration, and also
as the goddess of the eye of the sun and the moon. She was a
patron of joy and love, and a mistress of song and dance.
Because of all these qualities, she was associated with many
other goddesses and this allowed her to appear in several
disguises. Her main cult following was at the center of Dendara
where she was associated with the god of the sky and Horus of
Edfu. She was also honored at Thebes, Memphis, Abu Simbel, and
various other sites. In later times she would become associated
with other cults and sometimes called the daughter of Re and the
wife of Horus. It is said that her favorite instrument was the
Sistrum (musical instrument) and that she played it to drive
evil from the land. In some of the ancient reliefs she is shown
as nursing the king or his priestly representative from her
breasts. This nursing act provided the king with supernatural
powers to protect Egypt and his kingdom.