Origin of the name HORUS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HORUS.
name of the son of Osiris and Isis, meaning "the sun."
Also see Horos.
... Horus means the sun, and
his victory is that of light over night and darkness (Sut and his
companions), who had obtained a victory over Osiris, the sun of the
preceding day. Day and night are brothers, and children of the
sky. (Contributions to the Science of Mythology, Müller, 1897).
OrHar. One of the most
prominent of the Egyptian deities. He was the child of the great
deity the sun in his semi-human form as Osiris,
and of his wife and sister, the goddess Isis,
as the celestial firmament, and was generally called Horus, the Saviour.
In his first and highest office he was the sun in its mid-day
power, and thus he was venerated as an hypostasis of the Sun-god Ra, by
whose influence all nature existed, and who was himself the visible type
of Amen Ra, the hidden and incomprehensible deity. In that character
he was generally represented as a man with the head of a hawk, upon which
was poised the solar disk. In his hands were the emblems of
authority and life, and from his right eye were all good things
created. As Horus-Ra he was frequently figured on the upper part of
the Egyptian mummy cases, and on the amulets laid upon the head of the
deceased. The hawk among birds, and the basilisk among reptiles were
his emblems. In this, his first and most abstract character, Horus
was identical with the Supreme Being himself. The second
character of Horus was that of the avenger of the injuries of his father
upon his uncle Seb or Typhon, who had at first reigned in Egypt conjointly
with Osiris, but had afterwards quarrelled with and slain him, scattering
his severed members all over the land of Egypt. To "Horus of
Crocodiles," as the son of Osiris was called in that attribute, fell
the duty of warring with Typhon, the evil spirit, and all his coadjutors,
divine, demoniac, and animal. The third character of Horus
was that of Sneb, or "The Redeemer," in which office he
was the vicarious protector of the souls of the deceased in Hades, or the
Kerneter. By him the deceased was introduced to Osiris in the Hall
of the Two Truths, and at his entreaties the sins which the soul had
committed were either atoned for or pardoned. Horus further
transferred to the benefit of the deceased the various good offices which
he had himself performed in behalf of his father, and more especially
those ceremonial rites which were called the "Assistances of
Osiris." By the aid of Horus, all the terrors of the rivers of
Hades and the abodes of hell were dispelled, and the ultimate end of the
Egyptian believer was to be assimilated to the character and deity of
Horus the Redeemer. Horus was called in the Hieroglyphic texts the
"Sole Begotten of his Father," "The God creating
Himself," "Horus the beloved Son of his Father," "The
Lord of Life," "The Justifier of the Righteous," and
"The Eternal One." The kings of Egypt were always regarded
as incarnations of Horus, as well as of the sun Ra, and hence one of their
two royal cartouches was always designed to express that hypostasis and
was called the Horus title. Horus, a great military
commander, of the XXVIth dynasty. He was the son of the lady
Nefer-u-sebek. He had charge of the government of the Mendesian nome
and was also governor of Heracleopolis, where he executed several
important additions to the temples of the deities Atum and Osiris-Unnefer.
He also took the presidency at the great festival of the goddess Sekhet,
which was held on the fifth day of the month Pharmuthi. Horus,
a scribe of Amen Ra. He lived in the Saitic period.
(An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).