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Gods of Egypt

Quick List of the Egyptian Gods

We've created this handy reference guide to the Egyptian pantheon. It's a list of the gods of Egypt, along with a quick description of each god or goddess.

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Amun ancient Egypt god of air
Amun
Who is Amun? Amun is the Egyptian god of air and primeval creation. He created himself and then the world. He wears a plumed crown and his name was thought to mean "the invisible".


Anubis, Egyptian jackal-headed god
Anubis
Who is Anubis? Anubis is the Egyptian god of the underworld, death, mummification, funerals, mourning. He is often represented as a jackal-headed man carrying an ankh.


Bastet, Egyptian cat goddess
Bastet
Who is Bastet? Bastet is the Egyptian cat goddess. She is represented as a cat-headed woman, or as an actual cat. Bastet protects the home, children and pregnant women.


Bes, Egyptian dwarf god
Bes
Who is Bes? Bes is the Egyptian god of humor, who appears in the form a dwarf. He protects babies and is said to make them laugh, using antics only visible to them. He also protects families and helps against snake and scorpion bites. 


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Nut and Geb
Who is Geb? Geb is the Egyptian god of the earth. His laughter was responsible for creating earthquakes, and he also caused crops to grow. He's the husband of Nut, goddess of the sky.


Hathor ancient Egypt gods and goddesses cheatsheet
Hathor
Who is Hathor? Hathor is the Egyptian goddess of love, music, beauty, fertility, and dancing. She's represented as a cow-headed woman with two horns, sometimes as a roaring lioness, and sometimes as a cow with a sun disk between her horns.

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Who is Horus? Horus is the Egyptian god of war, sky, and falcons. His eye is known as the Wadjet Eye and is used as a protective talisman or amulet. Horus is represented as a falcon, or as a falcon-headed man. He is the son of Isis and Osiris. 


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Isis
Who is Isis? Isis is the Egyptian goddess of magic, marriage, healing and motherhood. Isis is represented as a woman with a throne on her head and sometimes she has wings. Isis is the mother of Horus and wife of Osiris. (More about Isis) 


Ma'at ancient Egypt gods and goddesses cheatsheet
Ma'at
Who is Ma'at? Ma'at is the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice and of keeping order between humans and in the natural world. Ma'at is reprensented as a woman with a feather on her head, and she sometimes has wings. Ma'at stands in judgment over souls who have died and weighs their hearts against her feather to determine whether they're worthy to pass on to the afterlife. 


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Nut and Geb
Who is Nut?  Nut is the Egyptian goddess of the sky, stars, and the heavens. She is the wife of Geb. 


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Osiris
Who is Osiris? Osiris is the Egyptian god of life (green represents living plants), death (thus his mummified body), rebirth and the annual flooding of the Nile. Osiris is represented as a man wearing a white crown; he has green skin and often appears mummified. Osiris is the husband of Isis, and father of Horus. 


Ptah ancient Egypt gods and goddesses cheatsheet
Ptah
Who is Ptah? Ptah is the Egyptian god of creation who is said to have dreamed the world into existence. Ptah is represented as a man wearing a skullcap and often wears a beard. Ptah is the protector of architects, builders, and craftsmen.


Ra
Ra: The sun, or a sun-headed god. The god of the sun, he is born in the morning, travels across the sky, dies every night and passes through the underworld until he is reborn once again. For a time, he was king of the gods. 


Sekhmet ancient Egypt gods and goddesses cheatsheet
Sekhmet
Sekhmet: Lion-headed goddess. The goddess of vengeance, fire, and lions. An alternate form of Hathor. (image: Jeff Dahl)


Seth
Seth: The god of evil, the desert, sand storms, and thunder. Half human, half imaginary animal. He is mortal enemy to his brother Osiris, whom he killed. (Isis used her magic to revive Osiris)


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Shu
Shu: The god of wind and air. He wears feathers on his head. Sometimes his upraised arms hold up the sky. (image: Jeff Dahl)


Sobek
Sobek: Crocodile-headed god. The god of crocodiles and protector of pharaoh, he controls the waters. He was a friend of Horus.


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Tawaret
Tawaret: Hippo-headed goddess. The goddess of childbirth and fertility. (image: Jeff Dahl)



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Thoth
Thoth: Ibis-headed god, often holding writing instruments, sometimes represented as a dog-headed baboon. The god of writing, scribes and wisdom. (more about Thoth) (image: Jeff Dahl)


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