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Author Topic: Why Animal Heads?  (Read 1706 times)

Why Animal Heads?
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:35:32 pm »
The Kemetic Gods, in large number, are endowed with the heads of animals. Why is this? What does the animal mean? Do Kemetics believe the God in question actually appears that way, or do they believe the animal is a mere symbol of the Deity?
« Last Edit: June 12, 2014, 04:35:49 pm by Akins »
Akins

Re: Why Animal Heads?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014, 04:58:57 pm »
I think it's a lot of things.  The animal is a living embodiment as well as symbol of the god or goddess in question, sharing traits with the divinity.  Perhaps I should say that the other way around, but the point is that nature was not separate from the divine.
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Re: Why Animal Heads?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2014, 05:15:42 pm »
It's obvious that the Kemetic religion is attached to Nature, as are all Pagan and Polytheistic faiths. However, there are some religions, like those of Greece, who are connected to Nature yet have mostly all of their Gods resembling humans. That's what I was asking; what makes Kemeticism a unique religion in terms of its depictions of Deity?
Akins

Re: Why Animal Heads?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014, 05:21:13 pm »
I'm sorry that I couldn't help you.  You have a point that all ancient religions held nature in great esteem.  Honestly, I don't know the answer; at the very least (if I'm not on the wrong track), I don't know how to answer you.
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Offline Gleb

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Re: Why Animal Heads?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014, 02:21:57 am »
Nature is really a big possible reason for this.
Another reason could be the comparison between the animals and the character & personality of the deity.
Senebty,
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Offline Senuwierneheh

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Re: Why Animal Heads?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014, 08:07:11 am »
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Quote from: Akins
The Kemetic Gods, in large number, are endowed with the heads of animals. Why is this? What does the animal mean? Do Kemetics believe the God in question actually appears that way, or do they believe the animal is a mere symbol of the Deity?


As far as I understand, the particular animals(s) chosen to represent the deity are chosen because there are things about their attributes that express attributes of the deity.  For instance, the falcon, for the various heru (Horus), has great vision.  The original Set animal, the canine, has great speed.  The lion, for Sekhmet, is a fierce protective mother.

Others may have more to add...

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