Hapy


Name: Hapy (Hapi, Ahephi)

Hapy is one of the four sons of Horus, he was portrayed as a mummy with the head of a baboon.

Horus (the elder) had numerous wives and children, and his 'four sons' were grouped together and generally said to be born of Isis. Hapy was one. The other three were Imsety, Duamutef and Qebehsenuef. They were born from a lotus flower and were solar gods associated with the creation. They were retrieved from the waters of Nun by Sobek on the orders of Re. It was believed that Anubis gave them the funerary duties of mummification, the Opening of the Mouth, the burial of Osiris and all men. Horus later made them protectors of the four cardinal points (north, south, east and west). In the Hall of Ma'at they sat on a lotus flower in front of Osiris. Most commonly, however, they were remembered as the protectors of the internal organs of the deceased. Each son protected an organ, and each son was protected by a goddess.

Hapy's role was to protect the lungs of the deceased and was the guardian of the North. He was protected by the goddess Nephthys. He is sometimes confused with the Nile-god "Hapi".

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