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In this Fun Facts Friday, we are looking at some of the most worshipped Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Egyptians. So get your little ones and settle down for this mystical journey back in time.
Who was the most important God? What did they look like? What were they in charge of?
Lets find out . . .
The Ancient Egyptians worshipped many Gods and Goddesses with the most important one being Ra, the Sun God.
The people living in Lower Egypt called their Sun God "Ra" and the people of Upper Egypt called their Sun God "Amun". Over time, the two Gods became linked and were then known as Amun-Ra.
Nut was the Goddess of the Sky. People believed that she swallowed up the Sun God, Amun-Ra, each evening, when he then travelled the underworld until he was re-born each morning by Nut. She was a symbol for protecting the dead when they entered the afterlife.
Anubis was the God of the Underworld, which meant he was in charge of watching over the dead. He took the form of a jackal as jackals were often found near cemeteries. When Egyptian Priests were preparing bodies to be mummified, they would wear an Anubis mask as a symbol of preparing the body for the underworld.
Thoth was known as the Moon God. He had the head of an Ibis which was a sacred bird in ancient Egyptian times that was kept as a pet and associted with wisdom. He was the symbol of eqilibrium - the balance between order and chaos. Thoth was so wise that the Ancient Egyptians believed that he invented hieroglyphic writing.
The Ancient Egyptians loved cats. They were a sacred animal. Bastet was the Goddess of Cats and music. She was seen as a protective figure and would often be drawn with the head of a lioness to protect the king in warfare.
Sobek was the God of the Nile, having the head of a crocodile and the body of man. It was believed that he was the creator of the River Nile who controlled the waters and brought fertility to the soil. He was greatly feared as he was often said to be agressive and violent. Sobek is known as the protector of the Pharohs and their armies.
Isis is the Goddess of Rebirth. As Wife of Osiris, she helped the dead enter the afterlife. It is believed that Isis had the power to heal and the ability to cast spells that stopped evil. She is the symbol of eternal life.
Get your child to draw one of the Ancient Eyptian Gods or Goddesses and share their picture with us. They might just win a little prize.