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Egyptian Weather Mythology
Transcript of Egyptian Weather Mythology
5/1/13 Whether they are the Masters of Weather? Shu- The God of Wind Shu is the god of wind, but he is also god of air and the atmosphere. Atum, the creator sun god, spat out elements, moisture and air. Shu and his twin, Tefnut. Shu is depicted in ancient Egyptian art either with the head of a lion, or, more often, with a single ostrich feather. He can also be seen supporting the sky goddess, Nut and the Earth, Geb. If Shu was ever removed from his place the world would crumble.
The Egyptians believed that without Shu, there could be no life.
On a calm, peaceful day he is like a pacifier to the Ancient Egyptians. On the other hand he could be harsh and mean. What!? It's not the god?! Believe it, or not. Shu doesn't actually control the wind... Tefnut is the goddess of moist, rain/water. Her name literally means, "She of Moist." Her brother, who later became her husband is Shu, the god of air/winds. A legend has said that when Tefnut left Egypt to the Nubian Desert she brought all the water and rain with her that Egypt was left with a drought. Later Tefnut was summoned back to Egypt. Originally, she was the lunar (left) “Eye of Ra” linking her to the moon, dew, mist and rain. Tefnut- Goddess of Rain Introduction to the Egyptians Mythology Beliefs Egyptian mythology is a collection of myths from ancient Egypt, they describe the actions of the Egyptian gods as a meaning to understand the world. The beliefs that these myths express play an important role in Egyptian society. Usually these gods and goddesses are displayed in temples, artwork, writings, and even short stories or religious poems, hymns, etc... Inspired by the cycles of nature, and the myths were set to follow the pattern of the nature cycle of life.
Egyptian myths are basically metaphorical, and they translate the essence and behavior of deities into terms which humans can understand. Each different myths symbolizes perspective and it enriches the Egyptians mind of the gods and the world. These myths and gods fulfilled a wide range of purposes and influenced the many other cultures. Set- God of Storms Set is the gos of storms, as well as chaos, desert, thunder, and lighting. He is depicted as a man with the head of a 'Typhonian Beast' because of the Greek identification with Typhon. In later myths he was known as the god of darkness and chaos. Portrayed as a god who killed and mutilated his own brother, Osiris. He was considered to be very strong but dangerous, and strange. However, he was not always considered to be an evil being. Set was a friend of the dead, helping them to ascend to heaven on his ladder, and he protected the life with his wrath of thunder, lighting, and chaos. Someone should have told me...... The truth bites. Hard. The Science Behind it. The Science Behind it. The Science Behind it Generally, wind occurs due to different temperature between different areas. For example, different areas will absorb the sun's heat differently which causes a temperature difference. The equator is hotter than the north or south pole. The cooler air of the poles sinks and the warmer air at the equator rises causing a natural flow. Rotation of the earth also contributes to wind - while the pole-equator flow is going on, the earth is turning. Wind is all around us. Somewhere in the thunder cloud there are frozen raindrops that collide with each other and all the collisions cause an electrical charge. The cloud grows larger and the positive protons remain at the top, as the negative protons stay at the bottom and form.
The grounds electrical charge stays focused around anything that sticks up, like people, trees, or even mountains. The charge coming up from these points sooner or later connects with a charge reaching down from the clouds and it strikes. Water drops forms from warm air. When the warm air rises, it cools from the sky. In the summer, when it's humid clouds usually begin to form and if the cloud forms with other cloud it will create a bigger droplet from crashing into each other. Then gravity takes the role of helping to make the water droplets fall because they're heavy.
When rain happens, something is causing the air to rise. Things can make this happen are, mountains, low-pressure areas, cold fronts, and the jet stream.
Rain usually happens in places that are warm
to hot. Truthfully, thunder or lighting
doesn't come from Set's mighty powers. Actually it's not Tefnut that carries the power to control rain, it's just the clouds. WEBSITES •"Egyptian Gods: Tefnut." Egyptian Gods and Goddesses RSS. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://egyptian-gods.org/egyptian-gods-tefnut/>.
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•Weather Background. Digital image. SMART Exchange. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <http://exchange.smarttech.com/details.html?id=c7b7d2f6-0e68-41bc-b320-063ae2783f69>. Conclusion! The Egyptian gods and goddesses were mostly, at least partly anthropomorphic, human shaped, deities who behaved like humans and walked among mortals. Gods were not worshiped in the same way throughout Egypt or throughout time. Particular locations and pharaohs favored one set of gods over another, but the Egyptian beliefs were still carried on for a very long time and some Egyptians today worship the gods and goddess.