Gods of Egypt - Isis

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Isis

IsisAlike Hathor goddess Isis was mother goddess specified as mother of Horus - the king. The image of Isis and suckling Horus (especially bronze statuettes from late Graeco-Roman period) reminds Christian icons (mother with her child).

Isis was depicted with the head decorated with a throne or sun disc framed with cow's horns. Sometimes she was considered as throne personification. Goddess Isis was often depicted with large protective wings as well. Isis was a member of Heliopolitan Ennead and as Osiris' wife and Horus' mother she appeared in the triad worshipped in Abydos as well. Her best-known cult centre was situated on Philae island - on the southern Egypt border near Aswan.

Goddess Isis was tightly associated with magic. In myths there are many mentions about her healing ability and ability of changing herself to any form she needs. Isis had two important tasks - she was "Big white sow from Heliopolis" ho caused the birth of sacred bull Apis from Memphis (Mennefer). Her worshipping was spreaded to Syria, Palestine, Greece and whole Roman empire till Christianity coming.

Isis

Isis with Horus

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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