History of the Eye of Horus
Often, people know a little about the Eye of Horus but aren’t sure where it comes from. The Eye is a visual symbol that many are aware of, but there are so many occurrences of the symbol across time and space that can often be confusing.
Here is a brief overview of the Eye of Horus’s history and an example of its uses by different cultures.
What is The Eye of Horus
This Egyptian symbol represents protection, royalty, and good health and is personified by the goddess Wadjet. It is known as the “left Eye” because it was associated with the sun god Ra and his daughter, Hathor (also associated with the eye).
The right eye was associated with Thoth, who was often depicted as a baboon or baboon-headed man.
The Myth Behind The Eye Of Horus
According to Egyptian mythology, Horus lost his left eye in battle on behalf of his father, Osiris, against Seth. Seth tore out his left eye and threw it in the Nile River, where it was eaten by a fish. Thoth then fashioned a new eye for Horus from gold and turquoise blue enamel. This myth symbolizes the victory of good over evil and life after death.
A similar myth can be found in Greek mythology, where Horus loses an eye during a battle but has it replaced with one made from precious metals so that he can see again.
Who is Horus?
Horus is a god of the sky and war. He was worshipped throughout Egypt, particularly in Lower Egypt. Horus was depicted as either a falcon or a hawk-headed man. His left eye was said to be the sun, and his right eye was the moon.
Horus is among the most important and complex deities in Egyptian mythology. He was worshipped from at least 3200 B.C., when he was first mentioned in writing, until about 700 A.D., when Christianity began to take over Egypt.
There are so many different versions of Horus’s story that it can be hard to track them all! There are so many different versions because most Egyptian gods were thought to have multiple aspects—just like they were thought to be able to manifest themselves in several places at once or in different forms depending on what was needed at any given time.
Why Is The Eye Of Horus Important?
The Eye of Horus is among the most widely used symbols in the world. It represents many things, including power, protection, safety, and health. The Egyptians believed that the eye was the sun god Horus’ left eye, which was torn out by his evil brother Set during a battle between them. The eye was then restored by magic so that Horus could see again.
Horus was an important deity in ancient Egypt who became associated with royalty and kingship during the New Kingdom era (1550-1069 BCE). He had significant influence over Upper Egypt (the southern part of Egypt), where he was regarded as a war god and protector of pharaohs responsible for bringing them victory in a battle against foreign enemies.
Where The Symbol Appears Today
The Eye of Horus symbol is used in many different areas today. Here are just a few examples:
The United States dollar bill
The Eye of Horus is on the back of the one dollar bill, above the pyramid and below the words “Novus Ordo Seclorum,” which translates from Latin to mean “New Order of the Ages.” The Eye of Horus is also on the front of the United States Great Seal, designed in 1776 by Charles Thomson.
The Egyptian flag
The Egyptians use the Eye of Horus as their national symbol on their flag, which has been used since 1984. Their flag is green with three white stripes running across it horizontally. In each white stripe is an Eye of Horus symbol in black.
The Egyptian military uses an Eye of Horus symbol on its helicopters and planes to represent good luck and protection against evil spirits.
Some people also associate the eye of Horus with the Pineal gland located in the centre of the brain, which in a cross section is alledgedly shown to look similar to the same symbol.
Within Ancient Egyptian mythology, the eye of Horus can be seen to represent several different concepts. It gives life to those that it looks upon; it is the eye of providence and so much more. By taking the time to look upon the eye of Horus, we can trace the history of an entire civilization, both in its religious practices and in its understanding of science, medicine, and human anatomy.
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