Tom's Subject Directory & City Building Site

index sitemap advanced
  
site search by freefind
Safe Surf image




















Ancient Egyptian Gods P thru Y


Sopdu
A border-patrol god in his role of "lord of the east", depicted as a crouching falcon or a Bbedouin warrier wearing a crown of tail plumes. He was the son of Sopdet (Sirius) and Sahu (Orion) who were also associated with Isis and Osiris. As a war god he was closely associated with the Pharaoh and the god Horus. By the New Kingdom he was known as Hor-Sopdu (or Har-Septu), and considered to be an aspect of Horus rather than an individual god.

His main cult center was at Saft el-Henna in the north-east Nile delta. The eastern desert is part of Sopedu's domain and he also protects Egyptian interests in the turquoise mines of the Sinai peninsula where incriptions depict his worship at Serabit el-Khadim.
Pakhet
A lioness-goddess worshiped particularly at the entrance of a wadi in the eastern desert near Beni Hasan.

Her name is very evocative of her nature, meaning "she who snaches" or the "tearer". In the Coffin Texts Pakhet the great is described as a night-huntress with sharp claws.

She is likely to be a more ancient regional lioness deity, Goddess of the Mouth of the Wadi, related to those which hunted in the wadi, near water at the boundary of the desert. Another title is She Who Opens the Ways of the Stormy Rains, which probably relates to the flash floods in the narrow valley, that occur from storms in the area.
Wadjet (Wadjyt, Wadjit, Edjo, Uto, Uatchet, Buto)
Cobra goddess of Buto (Tell el-Farain) in the Nile Delta, preserver of royal authority over northern Egypt. Wadjet is one of the oldest Egyptian goddesses. Her worship was established before the Predynastic Period, but did change as time progressed. She began as the local goddess of Per-Wadjet (Buto), and later became a patron goddess of Lower Egypt. By the end of the Predynastic Period she was considered to be the representation of Lower Egypt rather than a distinct goddess. She in in harmony with her southern counterpart, her sister Nekhbet (who represented Upper Egypt).

She was one of the goddesses given the title "Eye of Ra", connecting her to Bast, Hathor, Sekhment and Tefnut and others. The symbol of the "Eye of Ra" was often called "the Wedjat".