The Apotropaic Goddess in the Eye

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Author: Darnell, John Coleman
Further contributors: Altenmüller, Hartwig (Editor)
Document types:Artikel in Zeitschrift
Year of publication:1997
Published: Buske, Helmut, Hamburg (1997)
Journal:Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur (SAK), 24
Subjects: AMULETT -> Objekte als Gegenstände
AUGE -> Diverses
HORUSAUGE -> Religion im weitesten Sinn
UDJAT -> Religion im weitesten Sinn
NEUJAHR -> Diverses
SOTHIS -> Gottheiten, ägyptisch (w)
BASTET -> Gottheiten, ägyptisch (w)
Verfügbarkeit:Lokaler Bestand vorhanden
Letzte Aktualisierung:03.05.2002
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Although the left eye of the supreme cosmic deity is the lunar eye of Horus, and his right eye the solar eye of Re, there are numerous associations of the two eyes. In the Coffin Texts Hathor even states that she 'is that eye of Horus'. The two eyes are both protectors of their cosmic lord, and in this capacity they combine in a class of amulets taking the form of the Udjat-eye, with the figure of a goddess on one side. An understanding of these amulets clarifies several obscure text passages referring to the apotropaic eye; the amulets also appear to relate to the heliacal rising of Sothis and the celebration of the coming of the new year.