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APPENDIX B:

EGYPTIAN GODS REFERENCE

The following cast of characters from the Egyptian pantheon are relevant within the fable of the Osirian cycle, as described in the writings of Manly P. Hall. Key aspects of these gods are provided here as a reference point. They are presented in the order that Mr. Hall mentions them.

The Ennead

A group of nine deities in Egyptian mythology. The Ennead were worshipped at Heliopolis and consisted of the god Atum [or Ra], his children Shu and Tefnut, their children Geb [or Seb] and Nut and their children Osiris, Isis, Set [or Typhon] and Nephthys 1.

Ra (also referred to as Atum. Greek name: Helios)

The ancient Egyptian sun god… identified primarily with the midday sun. The meaning of the name is uncertain, but it is thought that if not a word for ‘sun’ it may be a variant of or linked to words meaning ‘creative power’ and ‘creator’… Through Atum, or as Atum-Ra he was also seen as the first being and the originator of the Ennead… He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth , and the underworld… All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names. Alternatively humans were created from Ra’s tears and sweat, hence the Egyptians call themselves the ‘Cattle of Ra’ 2.

Shu

Son of Ra, brother and husband of Tefnut, father of Geb and Nut. “Shu (meaning emptiness and he who rises up) is one of the primordial gods, a

Footnotes

1

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennead

2

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra