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Originally posted by firebat
I always thought it was the Eye of Horus...
But I googled "Eye of Horus" and "Eye of Ra" and the pics that came up were pretty much the same eye.
I'm not terribly knowledgeable in Egyptian mythology... was Horus a manefestation of Ra?
Originally posted by Masonic Light
This sort of contradicts the myth of the Osirian cult, which claimed that the sun was actually the disembodied phallus of Osiris (who was likewise mutilated by that rascally Set).
By the Nineteenth dynasty, the previous brief enmity between Set and Horus, in which Horus had ripped off one of Set's testicles, was revitalised as a separate tale. Set was considered to have been homosexual and is depicted as trying to prove his dominance by seducing Horus and then having intercourse with him. However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set's semen, then subsequently cut the hand off, throwing it in the river, so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set.
Subsequently, Horus deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favourite food (the Egyptians thought that lettuce was phallic). After Set has eaten the lettuce, they go to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. The gods first listen to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answers from the river, invalidating his claim. Then, the gods listen to Horus' claim of having dominated Set, and call his semen forth, and it answers from inside Set. In consequence, Horus is declared the ruler of Egypt.
Obviously, both the Osirians and the Horusians were sun worshipers.