7 Animals That Were Regarded as Gods in Ancient Egypt

Depiction of a scarab beetle.

Depiction of a scarab beetle. Source: Wikimedia

Scarab beetle

We might not appreciate bugs nowadays, but the Egyptians worshipped them, particularly the scarab beetles. The most important association was with Khephir, god of sun and life. The word “Kheper” in fact literally means “scarab”, and it was believed that a scarab beetle rolls his eggs into a safe place. Khephir acted in a similar manner, except he rolled the sun from the underworld to the eastern horizon like a giant scarab egg.

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