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Life wasn’t easy for Horus. First, he has a deadbeat dad (some might just say dead), then he has to find out how he was made from his mother. And you thought you had a rough childhood!
For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Osiris’s death and the conception of Horus, I’ve summed up a version of it in a previous post.
This tale of Horus’s birth represents the common motif of the divine child seen throughout world religions. The highly unusual conception and birth implies that Horus himself is unusual, a god and a king. Horus plays a very significant role in the mythology of Ancient Egypt and one that shifts slightly over time. Though he is typically thought of as Royalty and often as the rightful leader of the Egyptian pantheon after the death of his royal father, there is contention between him and Seth. Ultimately, the story of their struggles comes down to Might vs Right. Seth, the strongest and most temperamental deity, represents the rule of the strong, whereas Horus represents the rule of succession and birthright. Each also represents a particular region of Egypt. Some stories depict Horus as defeating and dominating Seth, others show them reconciling their differences and working together with Horus as the leader and Seth as the strong protector of the divine. One can interpret this as the need for both divine right and strength in a ruler or as a metaphor for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, both are correct.
Horus also represents the connection between the realm of the living and the dead, much like his father does. Osiris, the dying and returning god, connects the living with the afterlife in a very direct way, though he is often thought of as being confined to the land of the dead. Horus, meanwhile, is the son of this god of the dead, though he resides primarily in the living world. He is one of the most important deities for this reason and he is often seen as being much more accessible to the living than his father while possessing much of his father’s wisdom. Though both are tied to the rule of the Pharoahs and though they both stand for divine law, Osiris is primarily called upon for assistance with death and the deceased. Horus is much more active in the daily lives of humans and, particularly, with the affairs of royalty.