The Egyptian god, Horus (“The One Far Above”) was known as the god of the sky.  Perhaps that’s why he is shown partly in the form of a bird (the head of a hawk, to be precise). He is probably most well-known as the protector of the ruler of Egypt.  The Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the ‘living Horus’.

Sorry I couldn’t post yesterday, but my Internet was down nearly all day!!!!  (It’s amazing how dependent we’ve become on that technology!!!!)

The ancient Egyptians had many different beliefs about the god Horus. One of the most common beliefs was that Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris.  After Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the throne of Egypt.

In this battle, Horus lost one of his eyes. The eye was restored to him and it became a symbol of protection for the ancient Egyptians. After this battle, Horus was chosen to be the ruler of the world of the living.

On of the best preserved temples in Egypt to this day was dedicated to Horus.

This photo, like the one of Anubis a couple of days ago, was taken at the Sandpiper jewelry store in Mendocino, CA.

Horus, Egyptian god of the sky and protector of Pharaoh

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (YESTERDAY)!: September 17, 1862 was the Civil War battle of Antietam.  It ranks as the single bloodiest day in the nation’s long and storied history, as 23,000 men were killed or wounded in a single day.  Over 4000 died and 19,000 were wounded in a relatively short, 12-hour battle.  It is said that a soldier fell every 2 seconds for that 12-hour period.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in Ontario, Canada, specially trained German Shepherd dogs were brought in to try to find underground gas leaks that equipment couldn’t located.  In sub-freezing temperatures, the dogs covered over 100 miles, sniffing out over 150 gas leaks.


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