Egyptian myths are a thing of wonder. Epic stories of love, betrayal and sacrifice, they were basis of the ancient people’s rituals and customs. Most importantly, the sphere of mythology was their way of understanding the world around them.
The entire realm is so diverse and complex that an entire school module can be crafted out of it.
Here are three of the most fundamental Egyptian myths you should know, before you explore the mystical ancient world of Egypt.
Well, a long, long time ago, Egypt was a field of darkness, with absolutely nothing, except for a body of divine water called Nun. Nun’s powers created an egg, the all-powerful Re, who would later go on to conceptualise the world around him: the gods that served as the sun, sky, earth, river and lastly, mankind.
Re eventually turned into a man himself and became the first ruler, the Pharaoh.
After ruling for a long time, Re grew old, drawing disrespect and mockery from the humans that he himself had created.
A series of bloody occurrences followed, and Isis, the wisest of the younger generation of gods, devised some trickery of her own to successfully arrest the situation.
Isis and Osiris
Osiris, one of the more youthful gods, married Isis, and became the ruler of Egypt after Re stepped down. Except that he had a sworn enemy in the form of his brother, Set, who lured Osiris into his trap and killed him.
Isis, using some powerful magic of her own, managed to weave the parts of Osiris’s remains together and buried him.
The ancient Egyptian practice of embalming the dead likely originated from this story.
Bastet and her Cats
Contrary to the slightly impolite-sounding name, Bastet was the goddess of home and patroness of women, who took the form of a cat. The Egyptians loved cats, as the feline caught rats and mice that were pests to their crops and constantly destroyed their food. Held in high regard, it is widely believed that the ancient people worshipped the four-legged creatures, with Bastet as the primary representation.