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Origin of the name APIS.
Etymology of the name APIS.
Meaning of the baby name APIS.

  

APIS.  Or, HapiApis, the bull deity of Memphis, in Lower Egypt, an incarnation of Pthah the creative deity.  He was said to have been born of a cow, which was impregnated by a stroke of lightning from heaven.  He was black in colour, with a white mark on his forehead, a mark like a half-moon on the back, and a lump of flesh in the form of a scarabeus under his tongue.  He was only allowed to reign for twenty-five years, when he was drowned in a cistern.  The temple where he was worshipped in great splendour was the Apeium, and that excavated to contain the sarcophagi of defunct Api was called the Serpeum.  This latter temple has been discovered in recent years; and a series of tablets of the priests of Apis have been found therein, ascending from the period of the XVIIIth dynasty to the time of the Ptolemies, and thus a very important series of data for the construction of Egyptian history has been obtained.  When worshipped during life he was venerated as Hapi-Ankh, "the living Apis," and when adored as a divinity after death, he was called Osir-Hapi or Serapis, the Osirian (dead) Apis.  Apis, a chief town of the first Mareotic nome of Lower Egypt.  It was also called Taposiris. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).

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