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Khenti-kheti

also Chenti-cheti, Grk. Chentechtai or Khentekhtai
 
    Khenti-kheti was originally a crocodile god at Athribis in Lower Egypt, at times identified with Sobek[7] and called Lord of Athribis (nb-Km-wj)[4]
    Since the beginning of the New Kingdom he came to be identified with Horus, taking on the shape of a falcon [1] and was referred to as Horus-Khenti-kheti. [2] He was also known to take on the form of the great black bull Kemwer, who was at times identified with Osiris, symbolizing vitality and procreation. [5] Merging finally with Osiris, Khenti-kheti was known as Osiris who dwells in Athribis[5]
    A connection has been made between Khenti-kheti and Horus the Child on the basis of the crown a certain Harpocrates statuette is wearing, but no sources support this speculation. [6]

[1] Manfred Lurker, Lexikon der Götter und Symbole der alten Ägypter, Scherz, p.121
[2] e.g. pTurin Museo Egizio 1791 Tb 114-165, Tb 142, 4th century BCE or later
[3] Sandra Sandri, Har-pa-chered (Harpokrates), Peeters Publishers, 2006, p.118
[4] e.g. pUC 32113, Illahun, 12th dynasty
[5] Karol Mysliwiec, Geoffrey L. Packer, Eros on the Nile, Cornell University Press, 2004, p.62
[6] Manfred Lurker, Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons, Routledge, 1987, p.79
[7] Wolfhart Westendorf, Studien zu Sprache und Religion ?gyptens: Zu Ehren von Wolfhart Westendorf, F. Junge 1984
 

 
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