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Har-pa-khered

by Micha F. Lindemans
"Horus the Child". The form of Horus as a young boy, distinguished from Horus as an adult. He is portrayed as a naked child with a finger in his mouth, sitting on a lotus flower or on the knee of his mother Isis. He was invoked to ward off dangerous creatures. As the son of Osiris he was also a vegetation god, portrayed with a jar or a horn of plenty.

In the New Empire he became very popular and his cult was expanded substantially during the time of the Roman Empire. Statuettes of Har-pa-khered from the Greco-Roman period depicted him riding on a goose or a ram. The Greeks called him Harpocrates (Harpokrates).


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