Here’s an Ancient Egyptian fact for you gang – the Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 deities!

They had gods for everything, from dangers to chores, and each had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance. You can see pictures of the Egyptian gods in hieroglyphics the Ancient Egyptians left behind. Check out our fave Egyptian gods, below…

Ancient Egyptian Gods Ra Ancient Egyptian Gods Ra

Hawk-headed sun god Ra was one of the most important gods of all. He was gobbled up every night by the sky goddess Nut, then reborn every morning at sunrise. Later in Egyptian history, Ra was merged with the god of wind, Amun, making him the most powerful of all the Egyptian gods. Amun-Ra was so mighty that even the Boy King, Tutankhamun, was named after him – translated his name means “Living image of Amun”.

Ancient Egyptian Gods TefnutAncient Egyptian Gods Tefnut
Controlling the rain and water, lion-headed Tefnut was the goddess of moisture. She was spat into existence by her dad, Ra, the sun god.

Ancient Egyptian Gods Bes
Ancient Egyptian Gods Bes
A dwarf with lion features, little Bes’s job was to look after babies and mums. He also protected against scorpion bites. And nightmares. What a guy!

Ancient Egyptian Gods AnubisAncient Egyptian Gods Anubis

This dog-faced deity was the god of embalming and the dead. Wild dogs, or jackals, were often seen hanging around in cemeteries, so it was thought they watched over people in the afterlife.

Ancient Egyptian Gods SobekAncient Egyptian Gods Sobek
The god of the waterways, Sobek was a fierce protector of Egyptian people. He also liked to eat flesh. Live crocodiles were kept in pools at temples to honour him.

Ancient Egyptian Gods Hapigods and goddesses of ancient egypt Hapi
This blue pot-bellied fellow was the god of the Nile, responsible for the annual flooding of the great river. Want to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians and the gods they worshipped? Then check out this cool clip!

Be sure to read our fab features about Ancient Egypt, too!

 

Illustrations of Egyptian gods: Marek Jagucki
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