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Ancient Egyptian deities: Mnevis
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also Menwer, Mnewer, Wermer, Kemwer, Nemur
Mnevis     Ancient bull deity of Heliopolis where he was considered to be the son of Hesat, and was connected with Re and Atem. Worshiped as the ka of Atem-Re the movements of Mnevis, the Great Black One, served as oracle.
    Like the Apis bull of Memphis, with which they were at times identified, the generally black Mnevis bulls were given sumptuous burials, which included mummification of the animals. Two Ramesside Period burials at Heliopolis suggest that, unlike the Apis bulls entombed in the Serapeum, the Mnevis bulls were apparently buried in individual tombs. Akhenaten's intentions to bury Mnevis bulls at Akhetaten were probably not realized.
    In some myths the sun was born in the morning as a golden bull calf, growing during the day and, fully grown in the evening, impregnating the Heavenly Cow which had given birth to him.
    As an incarnation or a son of the sun Mnevis was depicted carrying a sundisk and a uraeus between his horns. The sundisk was often surmounted by two feathers like Amen-Re's. In an offering scene with Ramses II the image of the bull was guilded. The bull was at times accompanied by a Horus falcon, symbolizing the young morning sun.
Other bull deities: Apis, Buchis

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