Hathor and Ra

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Hathor and Ra

Hathor and Ra

Shown here is the younger version of Hathor and Ra.

We all know who Ra is, the great Egyptian Sun-god and the highest of all the Egyptian pantheon. The gods and goddesses, as well as the mortals, regarded him as their greatest god.

A story goes like this:

Ra, the great Sun god, grew old ruling his people. Because of him getting old, his people started doing evil and even taking him for granted, ignoring and breaking his rules and laws.

Being a kind and loving god, he went to see his fellow gods and goddesses to seek advice on what to do. They concluded and told him to send down his eye to destroy these evil men. Ra conceded and send Hathor, also known as the Eye of Ra, to punish the evil and wrongdoers. Hathor happily followed what Ra said, and she slaughter everyone until the Nile river‘s water had the color of the blood: red.

 

Ra, the compassionate god, became bothered by this. It is true that the humans became evil, but still, they were his creations. He decided to stop Hathor before the last man vanished. It is impossible to stop the goddess Hathor, since the sight and smell of blood makes her wild, and it’s apparently obvious that she enjoyed slaughtering these men.

So, what Ra did was to trick Hathor by making a drink that would resemble the color of blood. Ra bade his fastest messengers to have barrels of this drink scattered and spilled across the area, so that Hathor would think that this was the blood of the men she slaughter.

Ra’s idea succeeded, because Hathor, at the sight of this “blood” drank it, and fell asleep (or somewhat, drunk). Upon waking up, Hathor is no longer the dangerous goddess who slaughter the mankind. Ra blessed her and later on, she became the goddess of love, equivalent of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.

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Ra, known as the creator in Egyptian mythology, is a sun god and the God of Pharaohs.
It was said that he created the humans out of his tears.
He was honored once a week and that day is called “dies solis” or “day of the sun” , thus converted today as Sunday.

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