By Melissa Wiltcher
In the Northern Hemisphere, the temperature is rising. As the days become warmer, many of us begin to revert to the practices of the ancients. We once again become sun-worshippers. We lather pleasant smelling lotions on our skins and offer ourselves up to the Sun God. We bask in His glory and offer Him outrageous acts of worship (waterskiing, anyone?). As our skin begins to darken, we come to resemble desert peoples so, I offer one of the desert’s greatest Sun Gods, Horus.
Background and History
The history of Horus, the Great Falcon, is jumbled to say the least. The name we call him today, Horus, comes from the Greek language. He was called Hor, Heru, or Har in ancient Egypt. Horus began as a war and sky god. He originally was seen as the son of Ra, however, later became the son of Isis and Osiris. The author has been unable to locate any source that explains why this happened. What is known, is that there were several falcon gods throughout Egypt, and it appears that they all were eventually syncretized into one God with at least 15 different paths.