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The land was corrupted [destroyed] by reason of the swarm of flies. (Exodus 8 : 2 0-24). The beetle was known in Egypt as a fly. The scarab beetle was the sacred emblem of the sun god Ra and was the symbol of eternal life. But the flies of the forth plague were most likely a blood­ sucking breed that spread blindness and disease among the populace that lived along the Nile. " The name Baalzebub originally derived from two different words : Baal (lord, master), and zebub The Gods · Who Walked among the Egyptians 63 (of flies).

Horus promptly avenged his father's death by killing the evil brother Seth. Another version of the myth claims that Horus was born to Isis only after she impregnated herself with se­ men, which she took from the corpse of Osiris. Yet another story claims that Seth persuaded his brother Osiris to climb into a box, which he quickly shut and threw into the Nile. Osiris drowned and his body floated down the Nile river where it snagged on the limbs of a tamarisk tree. In Byblos, Isis recovered the body from the river bank and 44 Thomas R.

46 Thomas R. Horn At death of the Egyptian, Ka departed from the human body and, accompanied by the hymns and prayers of the living, used the formulas memorized from the funerary texts to outsmart the horrible demons seeking to impede the Ka's progress into the kingdom (or hall) of Osiris. Arriving at the judgment hall, the heart of the Ka was "weighed in the balance" by Osiris and his forty-two demons. If they found the deceased lacking in virtue, he was condemned to an eternity of hunger and thirst.

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