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Gods & Goddesses


The Nile River flooded annually in ancient Egypt. This flooding brought rich soil to the fields and enabled crops to grow. The ancient Egyptians personified this yearly inundation in the form of the god Hapy. He lived in a cavern from which the Nile was believed to flow. Hapy is usually shown as a naked man with sagging breasts. He often wears a clump of papyrus on his head and carries offering tables filled with produce.

Another god known as Hapi was one of the four sons of the god Horus. His image was that of an ape and his head was often used as a design on the lids of canopic jars where mummified internal organs were placed. Hapi placed his protection over the lungs, while the other three sons protected different internal organs.


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