Inherkhau

Re in the form of a cat slays the snake Apep

Re in the form of a cat slays Apep

Under a sacred sycamore, the Great Cat of Heliopolis, one of the forms taken by Ra called Miw-aa or the great cat, attacking the evil serpent Apep (or Apophis), god of the underworld and symbol of the forces of chaos. Section of vignette of chapter 17 of the book of the dead. New Kingdom, 20th...

Two lions of the god Aker

Two lions of the god Aker

Aker appears as a pair of twin lions, one named Duaj (meaning “yesterday”) and the other Sefer (meaning “tomorrow”). Aker was thus often titled “He who’s looking forward and behind”. Vignette from a papyrus, The Book of the Dead of Ani, Theban scribe, frame 7. New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, around 1250...

Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata

Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata

Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata, son of the earth and guardian of the underworld. Snakes were dominantly present in ancient Egyptian mythology. They played a double role, benevolent and malevolent. They could be evoked for curing, protecting and healing but at the very same time cursing and inflicting danger. Sata belonged...