2013/04/24

Egyptian Eye of Ra

 Ancient Egyptian Eye of Ra

The eye of Ra-Atum is the mythological symbol for the sun. At one point, Shu and Tefnut twin children of Ra-Atum, were separated from him. He sent his eye to find them. While the eye was searching, Ra-Atum replaced the eye with another.

 
Egyptian Eye of Ra


When the eye returned with Shu and Tefnut, Ra-Atum wept with joy, and the tears created humankind.However, the eye was enraged at having been replaced.

Egyptian Eye of Ra

Egyptian Eye of Ra


Ra-Atum placed the eye on his forehead so that the eye could rule the world; thus becoming associated with the sun. The second eye is associated with the moon.

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