Apep, Demonic Water Snake of Chaos and Enemy of Ra
by Caroline Seawright, 2004
Apep (Apepi, Aapep, Apophis, Apopis) was a demon of the underworld, in the form of a giant water snake. It was believed that he was created when Nit spat into the primeval waters of Nun. An alternate belief from Iunyt (Esna) was that the umbilical cord of Nit’s son (eg. Ra), who she bore in the waters of chaos, turned into Apep after it was cut. He was the enemy of the sun god, trying to stop him as he travelled on his barque through the underworld each night. He was so powerful that little could defeat him, and even then, he was back again the following evening to threaten Ra. He was a demon outside of ma’at, the opposite of order, a demon of darkness and chaos. Continue reading
By J. Hill, 2010
Apep (Apophis) was the ancient Egyptian spirit of evil, darkness and destruction who threatened to destroy the sun god Ra as he travelled though the underworld (or sky) at night.
Originally Set and Mehen (the serpent headed man) were given the job of defending Ra and his solar barge. They would cut a hole in the belly of the snake to allow Ra to escape his clutches. If they failed, the world would be plunged into darkness. However, in later periods Apep was sometimes equated with Set who was after all a god of chaos. In this case a variety of major and minor gods and goddesses (including [Auset] (Isis), Neith, Serket (Selket), Geb, Aker and the followers of [Heru] (Horus) protected Ra from this all consuming evil. The dead themselves (in the form of the god Shu) could also fight Apep to help maintain ma’at (order). Continue reading
Daath and the Abyss
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“Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being – like a worm” – Sartre
In modern Kabbalah there is a well developed notion of an Abyss between the three supernal sephiroth of Kether, Chokhmah, and Binah, and the seven lower sephiroth. When one looks at the progress of the Lightning Flash down the Tree of Life, then one finds that it follows the path structure connecting sephiroth except when it makes the jump from Binah to Chesed, thus reinforcing this idea of a “gap” or “gulf” which has to be crossed. Continue reading
Naamah or Na’amah (Hebrew: נעמה) is a legendary demonic creature, the mother of divination. How she became a demon is unclear.
Naamah comes from Hebrew: נעם naim and means pleasant.
The meaning of her name is argued among Hebrew scholars; it refers either to her virtuous nature (“pleasing” to God (YHVH)) or to a penchant for idolatry (singing “pleasant” songs to pagan idols). Continue reading
By Myth Guide
Group Affiliations: The [Neteru] of Egypt
Occupation: God of punishment, patron god of the military
Legal Status: Citizen of Celestial Heliopolis
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Sebek except as a mythological deity.
Other Aliases: The Crocodile-God, Sobek, Sochet, Sobk, Sobki, Soknopais, Suchos (Greek Continue reading
Set in Egyptian Theology
by Oz Tech (edited)
Set was a deity of ancient Egypt, a god of the night identified with the northern stars. In ancient Egypt this Prince of Darkness was well regarded.
One persistent token of this regard is the Tcham scepter, having the stylized head and tail of Set. The Tcham scepter is frequently found in portraits of other gods as a symbol of magical power.
In some texts he is hailed as a source of strength, and in early paintings he is portrayed as bearer of a harpoon at the prow of the boat of Ra, warding off the serpent Apep. Yet the warlike and resolute nature of Set seems to have been regarded with ambivalence with progression of time. The portrayal of Set went through many changes over a period of five thousand years. Continue reading