Origin of the name KHEM.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name KHEM.
Coptic khem, meaning "black."
KHEM. Or HORUS-KHEM,
"The Bull of his Mother." This ithyphallic deity was
generally represented as standing upright, with his right arm extended
in the attitude of scattering seed, and having behind it the threshing
instrument which is generally called a flagellum. His left hand
and arm are closely enveloped in a thick robe, which swathes him like a
mummy. His phallus is erected; and his head-dress consisted of two
upright plumes similar to those of the deity Amen Ra; he wore a large
and richly ornamented collar round his neck. Mythologically Khem
represented the idea of divinity in its double character of father and
son. As father he was called the husband of his mother, while as a
son he was assimilated to the god Horus. He properly symbolised
generative power, surviving death indeed, but submitting to a state of
rigidity and inertion over which he could not triumph till his left arm
was freed. In the CXLVIth chapter of the Book of the Dead, the
deceased is said to exclaim, when his soul is reunited to his body,
"that he has overcome his bandages, and that it is given him to
extend his arm." Khem was also the symbolic deity of
vegetable life, and it was probably in allusion to this theory that in a
vignette to the Book of the Dead, the new birth of the deceased is
represented by a tree growing out of his person while he lies upon a
bier. The great festival of germination, in the Egyptian husbandry
was held in honour of the god Khem, and it is fully figured on the walls
of the palace temple of Ramese III. at Medinet Habu. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).