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By Lewis Spence

This amazing in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, construction myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, a number of deities, booklet of the useless, alchemy, Egyptian artwork and magic, legends, and a bunch of alternative attention-grabbing subject matters. An erudite, in actual fact written paintings, more suitable with over 50 pictures and illustrations.

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This would seem to be a god of wind and rain, whose countenances are set toward the four points of the compass, whence come the four winds. " The f Companies' of the Gods In the Pyramid Texts we find frequent mention of several groups consisting of nine gods each. One of these companies of gods, or Enneads, was called the Great and another the Little, and the nine gods of Horus are also alluded to. It is not known, however, whether this group is in any way connected with either of the others. We also read in the Pyramid Texts of Teta of a double group of eighteen gods which recur in the text of Pepi I.

Some deities of rain preside also over the winds, thunder and lightning, the chase and war, general culture, and so forth. A sun-god, as lord of the vault of heaven, can preside over all the meteorological manifestations thereof. He is god of growth, of wealth, because gold possesses the yellow colour of his beams, of travelling, because he walks the heavens, and he rules countless other departments of existtence. From polytheism may evolve in time a condition of monotheism, in which one god holds complete sway over mankind-that is, one deity may become so popular, or the priestly caste connected with him so powerful, that all other cults languish as his spreads and grows.

But it is from such unpromising material that all religious systems spring, and however strenuous the defence made in order to prove that the Egyptians differed in this respect from other races, that defence is bound in no prolonged time to be battered down by the ruthless artillery of fact. We have references to other deities in the Pyramid Texts, some of whom appear to be nameless. For example, in the text of Pepi I we find homage rendered to one who has four faces and who brings the storm. This would seem to be a god of wind and rain, whose countenances are set toward the four points of the compass, whence come the four winds.

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