Apep the Ancient Egyptian Demon – Dark Side of Ra

An ancient Egyptian documentary, investigating the darker side of Ra for instance. His counterpart, the demon Apep. Apep or Apophis, an ancient Egyptian deity who personified chaos. The opponent of light and Ma’at which is order and truth. He appears in art as a giant serpent. The demon was a giant snake or serpent leading to Serpent titles from the Nile and Evil Dragon. Most texts describe Apep as a giant snake, but sometimes depicted as a crocodile.

Ra was the solar deity, a bringer of light, and accordingly the upholder of Ma’at. Apep is viewed as the greatest enemy of Ra, given the title Enemy of Ra, as “the Lord of Chaos”.

There are only a few descriptions of Apep’s origin in myth. They regularly demonstrate that the great serpent was born after Ra, usually from his umbilical cord. Combined with its absence from Egyptian creation myths, interpreted as suggesting that Apep was not a primordial force in Egyptian theology, but a consequence of Ra’s birth. This suggests that evil in Egyptian theology is the consequence of an individual’s struggles against non-existence. The wide range of Apep’s possible locations gained him the title World Encircler. Apep’s rage caused a terrifying roar would cause the underworld to rumble. Various myths state Apep was trapped there, because he had been the previous chief god overthrown by Ra, or because he was evil and had to be imprisoned.

WHY IS APEP SO IMPORTANT?

Apep and Ra’s balancing force is the Egyptian god of Wisdom Thoth, a being of dark and light. Thoth is one of the most interesting and elusive characters I have come across during my studies. Ancient gods from other ancient civilizations appear to be the very same figure. Learning is the only way to find answers. For more information please watch the documentary, for more ancient mystery.

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