Min was a fertility god, who is mentioned or depicted in many situations related to regeneration and fertility; this can be seen during the coronation ceremony of the king as well as his festival (when his strength was rejuvenated after, in theory, 30 years on the throne). Min was also the protector of foreign lands and the desert, more specifically those areas (in the eastern desert as well as to the south of Egypt) where quarrying took place.

Min was worshipped from a very early age; his main cult centres were Koptos (which is close to the Wadi Hammamat with quarries and mines) and Akhmim (which was later called Panopolis because of the identification of Min with the Greek god Pan).

During the Middle Kingdom Min became more important by being more closely linked with Horus, due to the link of Min with kingship. The outcome was the god Min-Horus as well as the fact that Min could also be considered to be the son of Isis. In the New Kingdom Min was also seen as a manifestation of Amun and combined with him to become Amun Kamutef ("Bull of his mother"). Therefore Min could be a member of a triad with Isis and Horus.

There was an annual harvest festival (called "the departure of Min") during which the statue of Min was taken from the temple to the fields to bless the harvest.

Min is often represented as an ithyphallic mummy or man, holding a flail in an upheld arm; his crown consists of two feathers, tied to his head by means of a red ribbon, hanging down his back. His skin is often black, referring to the fertile mud of the inundation of the Nile.



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