Ha (mythology)

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Ha, in ancient Egypt, was a god of the deserts to the west of Egypt. He was associated with the underworld (Duat) and pictured as a man wearing the symbol for desert hills on his head. Ha was said to protect Egypt from enemies such as invading tribes from Libya.[1]

The dinosaur Hagryphus ("Ha's griffin") was named after Ha; it was discovered in Utah and Ha's association with "the Western Desert" was carried over to the New World.[2]


  1. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 106
  2. ^ Zanno, L. E. and Sampson, S. D. 2005. A new oviraptorosaur (Theropoda; Maniraptora) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Utah. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25 (4):897–904, December 2005