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Hapi

by Micha F. Lindemans
Hapi was one of the four sons of Sons of Horus, in Egyptian mythology. He protected the canopic jars containing the embalmed lungs of the deceased. Hapi was represented as a mummified man with the head of a baboon. He also represented a cardinal direction, north. His protector was the goddes Nephthys. Imset, Duamutef, and Kebechsenef were his three brothers. Imset was depicted as a human, Duamutef as a jackal, and Kebechsenef as a falcon. Their father, Horus, was one of the most important deities of Egypt. It was believed that they were born from a lotus flower and were solar gods associated with the creation. Then, Anubis gave them the duties of mummification. In the hall of Ma'at they sat on a lotus flower in front of Osiris, one of the mummified people they protected.

The name Hapi is also used by a god who was the personification of the Nile River. He was pictured as fat man, to signify abundance, who either had a crown of lilies or papyrus plant circling his head.

The name of Hapi in hieroglyphs
The name of Hapi (Hep) in hieroglyphs.


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