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Khepri (Khepra, Khepri, Khopri)

He who comes into existence

Symbols: scarab beetle

Depiction: Khepri’s association with the dung beetle and his role as a sun god resulted in his depiction as a man with a beetle on his head or with a beetle head rolling the sun and moon across the sky.

Mythology: The god of the rising sun, Khepri was on manifestation of Re. He would roll the sun across the sky like a dung beetle roles its ball of dung in which it lays its eggs. The Egyptians believed that Khepri created himself just as it appeared dung beetles (scarabaeus sacer) did when their larvae emerged from the dung ball. Khepri was associated with self-renewal and self-generation.  


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