harendotes.jpg Harendotes was a falcon god, whose name (in Egyptian Her-nedj-itef) means "Horus, protector of his father". Therefore he was one of the many forms of Horus, more specifically the grown up Horus who had previously been Horus, the son of Isis. As a child this god was known as Harpokrates (Her-pa-khered), who was hidden in Chemmis in the Delta marshes by his mother to protect him against his uncle Seth (who was claiming the throne of Osiris). Later, once grown up, he fought his uncle with the help of his mother Isis, protecting the body of his father Osiris against all evil and guaranteeing his resurrection; at the same time, being depicted on the walls of the tomb or on funerary equipment, he was doing the same for every deceased.

Representations show Harendotes as a falcon or as a man with the head of a falcon, wearing the double crown of Upper- and Lower Egypt on his head.


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