Ha (mythology)

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Ha, god of the desert - sketched from a coffin

Ha (Ancient Egyptian: ḥꜣ), in ancient Egyptian religion, was a god of the Western Desert of Egypt. He was associated with the Duat (the underworld) 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 ancient Libyans.[1] He is associated with Set, since Set represent the west of the Nile and they both have similarly attributes - the desert.

The dinosaur Hagryphus ("Ha's griffin") was named after Ha; it was discovered in Utah and Ha's association with the western deserts was carried over to the deserts of the Southwestern United States.[2]

References[edit]

  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