CHAPTER 1

IMMORTALS WITH ANIMAL HEADS

Following Homer in the ancient Greek epic the Iliad, we're calling the ancient gods and goddesses the Immortals. Here's an image of Khepri, an ancient Egyptian male Immortal:



and another, the chief Immortal, Re:



Here are two more male Immortals, Khnemu fashioning a man upon a potter's table; behind him stands the Immortal Thoth marking the man's span of life:



In case you may think these are all male Immortals, what about the females of the species, here's the female Immortal Rennut, with a cobra for a head. The spots on the face are markings on the hood of the snake, extended when it is threatened or about to attack:



and another female Immortal, Bast, this time with a lioness head and a cobra above her head:



and another female Immortal, Sekhet, with a lioness' head:



If we go back to the oldest company of Egyptian Immortals, from which all the others apparently descended, we find four pairs of males with females consorts:



We can see the females following their males are differently dressed. The pairs names are:

Nu: Nut

Heru: Hehut

Kekui: Kekuit

Kerh: Kerhet

Here we've shown that the ancient Egyptian Immortals, both male and female, seemed to have the same anatomical exteriors as humans, but were represented with creature heads. What we need to try to establish next is why, and that we'll attempt in the next chapter.



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